Electoral Commission (ZEC) continues to manipulate the 2018 election – MDC Alliance

Statement by Jameson Timba MDC Alliance Presidential candidate Chief Election Agent:

We are disgusted and utterly dismayed by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s continued manipulation of the election in clear violation of the law, the constitution and complete disregard for transparency and fair play

This morning, I met with the ZEC chairperson to raise import issues pertaining to the management of the election. She has failed to provide answers on the critical issues.
ZEC has in a space of a few days committed or omitted the following acts that go to the heart of transparency and ultimately the credibility of the election.

1.Despite assurances and announcing that ZEC was going to provide the true and accurate BVR Voters’ Roll as a pdf file, no such Roll is being provided. The real question is why is ZEC deliberately lying to the world or is ZEC actually lying or perhaps just handicapped to implement its own decision?

a. ZEC has refused to avail the Voter’s Roll as required by Law

b. ZEC has refused an independent audit of the Voter’s Roll because they know it is illegitimate

c. Our own random audit has unearthed scandalous and embarrassing details on the Voter’s Roll.

d. We have discovered some of the oldest people on our Voters’ Roll aged around 150 years old who don’t exist

e. We have discovered many houses that have tens of people registered but the houses do not exist

f. We have discovered many people with the same IDs

g. We have discovered many people with same IDs for different faces of people

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2. Despite assurances that political parties were going to be allowed to observe the printing of ballot papers; ZEC invited parties to the printers three days after the printing had already commenced. Further no observation was allowed but instead parties were just pointed, at a distance, through glasses of the purported printing process i.e.

a. no printed ballot paper was inspected

b. the actual quality and features of the ballot paper are not known other than a blank sample.

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