Hope beyond SADC: Chamisa

The next elections must be conducted electronically and in line with emerging universal electoral trends to avoid rigging and ballot stuffing, says Nelson Chamisa, the MDC-T organising secretary.

Nelson Chamisa
Nelson Chamisa

He told The Zimbabwean after a series of meetings with his party structures at the weekend that more information was now available on how the election outcome was stolen.

“The meetings we are conducting countrywide are strengthening our case on the election rigging. The information is shocking,” he said. “After the exercise, the position of the party is that Zimbabwe must have another round of elections on a digital platform.”

He said at the moment the Southern African Development Community had a limited mandate to determine Zimbabwe’s future beyond the benchmarks the country’s citizens set for themselves. A satisfactory and lasting solution to the national crisis, he believes, rests with the people of Zimbabwe as they define their own destiny.

Chamisa said his party’s hope for resolving the disputed election outcome was still alive despite SADC’s findings and declarations.

At the recent SADC Heads of State summit held in Malawi, the regional body disregarded alternative viewpoints and observations from civil society, the opposition and the West on the credibility and legitimacy of the July 31 election and endorsed the disputed outcome.

“What is interesting is that SADC knows the elections in Zimbabwe were
rigged,” said Chamisa. “Against that background, what we are saying is that SADC is not Zimbabwe.”

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