Only Zanu (PF) agents at 65 additional polling stations: Makoni

The additional 65 polling stations established by ZEC on election day, were manned by only Zanu (PF) agents, since other participating political parties were not given enough time to deploy personnel for the eventuality, says leader of Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, Simba Makoni.

Simba Makoni at the Press Conference: Zimbabweans should selflessly champion their struggle for democracy
Simba Makoni at the Press Conference: Zimbabweans should selflessly champion their struggle for democracy

Makoni told journalists at a Press Conference in Harare today that, there are fears that the absence of agents from Zanu (PF) rival parties could have provided loopholes for rigging.

He said given the overwhelming evidence of irregularities, MKD rejected election results announced by ZEC.

MKD, other political parties and some national organisations are working towards securing an audit of the recent disputed polls.

“There is overwhelming evidence that the elections were not free and fair. Together with other like-minded Zimbabweans, we are working towards a forescenic audit of the polls and eventually have a re-run,” said Makoni.

Makoni said the majority of Zimbabweans were convinced that the election was stolen and only the remaining few Zanu (PF) followers were happy with the polls outcome.

Grieved parties pursued the legal route among other options, as they felt there was need to provide evidence and expose the election rigging to the world.

On whether SADC and AU would be convinced by evidence provided to support the rigging allegations, Makoni said whatever position the bodies take, it will not take away the right from Zimbabweans to fight for democracy.

“Zimbabweans are owners of their struggle for democracy and should selflessly champion the cause, with whatever assistance from both the region and the continent,” said Makoni.

He said grieved parties were engaging SADC and AU to implore them to remain focused on what was right not the simple route out of the Zimbabwe political impasse.

Any wrong decision by SADC and AU in this regard was described as a possible recipe for regional instability.

Makoni said his party and its allies participated in the elections in face of seen irregularities, because Zimbabweans wanted change through the ballot despite the odds.

“I would like to repeat our position as MKD that, the election was not free and fair. It was both illegal and not credible,” Makoni added.

He said this time around democracy will prevail in Zimbabwe, since the journey to real freedom was nearing completion.

MDC-T and MKD formed an election alliance ahead of the polls and will together file joint court challenges at the Constitutional and Electoral Courts, requesting nullification of results of the just ended election.

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