Obert Gutu showers praises on ZEC, slams Chamisa’s MDC Alliance

Splinter Thokozani Khupe led MDC-T Deputy President Obert Gutu has showered praises on Zimbabwe’s electoral management body saying that he finds nothing wrong being done by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, ZEC, in the preparations for the harmonised elections set for July 30.

Speaking in an interview with the state run ZBC TV news on Thursday, Gutu blamed rival Nelson Chamisa led MDC Alliance for not giving the electoral body time to execute its mandate in the preparation for the elections.

The MDC Alliance has been up in arms against the electoral commission over the production of the ballot papers to be used in the election and the voters roll being provided to contesting parties.

The MDC Alliance claims that ZEC is denigrating on an earlier agreement that all political parties will be involved in the designing and printing of the ballot paper. The party is also demanding for a comprehensive voters roll with pictures of the voters to be circulated to contesting parties.

In the interview Gutu said that his MDC-T is very satisfied with the way ZEC is producing the ballot paper claiming that it is the sole mandate of the commission to design and print the ballot paper.

“ZEC is a constitutional commission tasked with running the elections and should be given the opportunity to run the elections undisturbed,” said Gutu.

ZANU PF Deputy Secretary for Legal Affairs Fortune Chasi also echoed Gutu’s sentiments in a seperate media interview claiming that ZEC is doing a wonderful job as the country heads towards the watershed elections.

“The MDC Alliance demands to sit and watch the printing of ballot papers for twenty hours and seven days is extremely illogically,” said Chasi.

The MDC Alliance is threatening to go on nation wide demonstrations next week against ZEC on the ballot paper production and the voters roll. The opposition coalition also accuses ZANU PF of using members of the army to campaign for the ruling party in the rural areas.

Chasi challenged the MDC Alliance to furnish the nation with evidence of the soldiers campaigning for the ruling party. The army also gave a disclaimer on soldiers campaigning for the ruling party in a press statement early in the week.


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