The day after the United Nation’s International Day for Democracy (September 15) they rallied behind The Zimbabwean to demand that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission make available for public scrutiny all the rolls and records pertaining to the election.
It was decided to use the reputable, online petition website Avaaz. In three weeks 709 people signed the petition, which we will now send on to the Chairperson of ZEC, Rita Makarau. The petition reads: “As Zimbabweans, we need to stand together behind a simple call: we want to see all the voters rolls that were used for the election in their proper, searchable, analysable, electronic form, and we want to see all the sealed records of who voted, where they voted, who helped whom, and who got turned away. We deserve this – at the very least.
“In addition we want to see the 2012 census and citizenship records for comparison. For as long as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission refuses to make this information available, we are forced to believe that they have something to hide. If they have nothing to hide, why do they consistently refuse to be transparent about this?
“Even anyone who believes, or wants to believe, in President Robert Mugabe’s incredible victory must agree: All the records about the 2013 election must be unsealed and seen – NOW. No more waiting years like before.
“As for ZEC’s unending pretence of not providing analysable e-rolls on demand as the law requires – its claims that while it can print and search them, it can make no electronic copy of its own records! This is patently ridiculous and it’s time for us all to stand up and say “poppycock, My Lady” to ZEC’s Chairperson, Judge Rita Makarau. You can also email her to say that [or What a whopper, my lady!! or another preferred alternative] on [email protected] and/or her deputy Joyce Kazembe at [email protected] .”
The Zimbabwean received numerous comments from Zimbabweans who were angry at the lack of transparency at ZEC, which they all said pointed to the fact that the Commission must have something to hide.
There was also a marked attitude of despair, with Dumisa Mashazi remarking: “With reference to your call for Zimbabweans to take action in demanding the release by ZEC of documents and information relating to the 31 July elections, that does not work with Zanu (PF) my brother. when will you all learn that civilized and normal things do not work with Zanu (PF). Zanu (PF) never released the elections results from 1980 and will never release elections results from any other year for that matter because they win elections but they do not really care about the election process part. Why do you think if you write a petition to them now they will release the election they have planned to win since 2008?”
Several local and international NGOs and human rights organisations continue to issue reports and write analyses about what happened on July 31 – but there has been no concerted effort thus far capable of forcing ZEC its constitutional obligation to release the information it insists on keeping secret – which the law says we all have the right to see.
“ZEC should be at the forefront of proving that the elections were free, fair and credible. This is in the interests of the country,” said Wilf Mbanga, Editor of The Zimbabwean.Post published in: News