MDC ALLIANCE PREPARING COURT PAPERS TO FORCE RELEASE OF ELECTION RESULTS

This is despite the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) indicating that it will begin announcing preliminary results on Tuesday afternoon.

The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) released its preliminary findings in Harare on the country’s elections on Tuesday 31 July 2018. Picture: Masechaba Sefularo/EWN

HARARE – The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance in Zimbabwe says it is preparing court papers to force the country’s electoral commission to release the results of the election.

This is despite the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) indicating that it will begin announcing preliminary results on Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) has released its preliminary findings in Harare on the elections.

It’s reflected some concerns around the independence of ZEC which has been the subject of criticism from the opposition.

Over 6,000 observers from the network were deployed across the country to oversee the elections which took place on Monday.

ZESN chairperson Andrew Makoni has touched on complaints around the ballot paper which were previously raised by the MDC alliance.

“Concerns remain about the independence of ZEC amid executive interference in key electoral processes. Concerns were raised by electoral stakeholders with regards to the design, printing and dispatch of the ballot paper which was done without consultation.”

Makoni says ZEC did not permit the observation of the production of the ballot papers, among other concerning trends.

ZESN has also noted poor communication with stakeholders and the public. It’s also noted the skewed coverage of political parties by state media, which it says the ZEC made no attempt to regulate.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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