As the people of Zimbabwe approaches general elections which is scheduled to take place on 30th July, there’s a worrying situation appearing whereby those asking a lot of questions about the election process are facing an out-cast and their concerns are being minimized and mocked.
Do you think it’s ok for them to be worried?
Let’s see a few of these issues and try to understand why the opposition feels irritated.
1). The roll of a voter
Questions arose over elections in Zimbabwe when the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission ( ZEC ) failed to provide the voters roll from it’s first arrangement. This space raised voices among the opposition and with genuine reason. In the elections of 2013, the electoral body failed to deliver an electronic copy of the voters roll and they were worried it might fall short once again.
2). The design and printing of ballot papers
Another argument concerns the designing and printing of ballot papers, and of which both were kept opaque.Other people have a feeling that perhaps these things are less important.The candidate’s position on a ballot paper won’t alter who exactly people vote for, they disagree and they might be right anyway, though it’s not the point of the controversy.
The noise about the design of the ballot paper is an insult to Zimbabwe's high literacy rate.
If someone is going to vote for Chamisa he will vote for him regardless of the fact that ED is at the top unless you are saying our people cannot read @matigary @Mavhure @TrevorNcube pic.twitter.com/Gjvfw4aQjL
— Tanaka (Fitz) (@Duke_fitz) July 19, 2018
However, the uproar concerning the ballot paper design is an abuse to the high literacy rate of Zimbabwe.
3). Defending falsification
Proof that Chigumba is lying about wearing ED Scarf before she was ZEC Chairperson https://t.co/rjRVmaVZ4d
— Povo Zim (@povozim) July 17, 2018
This might have breached the Electoral law on section 11(3)(c) , which prevents a commissioner from deliberately putting on any attire or badge which might be associated with any candidate or political party opposing any election, but Priscilla stated that the pictured fabric was taken before she was appointed, and yet according to the sources, the picture was reportedly taken after she was appointed as the Chairperson of ZEC.
4). Electoral Commission’s worthless responses
Finally, another concern comes up in a way that when the opposition and their supporters expresses their grief, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and it’s commissioners responds in a worthless manner.
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