Opposition parties disband Zim electoral commission, fire Makarau

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Harare (Mlondolozi Ndlovhu) – Opposition political parties have passed a vote of no confidence on Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson, Rita Makarau at a meeting where she meant to convince the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) to suspend a demonstration against the electoral commission scheduled for tomorrow.

Zanu PF and two yet to be named parties voted for the retention of Makarau.

However, Makarau had no kind words for opposition parties represented at the meeting having stormed in and thrown newspaper clippings of negative stories carried in the press on Zec’s relation with opposition parties before threatening NERA and storming out.

Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ) president, Elton Mangoma laid into Makarau and Zec, describing the fallout as a victory for Zimbabwean politics.

“Zec has always been a captured institution which failed to serve the interests of the people of Zimbabwe but that of its master, Zanu PF.

“Makarau’s actions are a testament to our argument that she does not want to engage any political party on electoral reforms but instead seeks to maintain the dominance of Zanu PF,” said Mangoma.

Mangoma also said that Zec was compromised and the only way for there to be free and fair elections was to have them administered by international independent bodies such as the United Nations.

Opposition political parties have accused Zec of failing to guarantee a level field for the 2018 election by refusing to engage parties on how best to effect necessary electoral reforms  and also by failing to address the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) system issue.

Zec has been at the heart of the clash between opposition parties and the Zanu PF led government on the revising and implementing of electoral reforms which will ensure a level field in the upcoming 2018 harmonised elections.