Nelson Chamisa’s MDC Alliance was Wednesday left fuming following reports party representatives led by Willas Madzimure have been barred from a Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Harare provincial stakeholder engagement process.
In a statement, party spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere slammed ZEC for attempts to deny the main opposition the enjoyment of its rights as a political party in the country.
Said Mahere, “This is part of a wider scheme to deprive the MDC Alliance of its right to be heard on important matters of electoral reform and unlawfully exclude the people’s party from the nation’s political process.
“This exclusion of the MDC Alliance from provincial stakeholder meetings is being done in pursuit of a toxic politically partisan agenda.”
Mahere added, “The said conduct violates section 236 of the Constitution which requires ZEC to be independent, impartial and faithful to the rule of law.
“It is manifestly unconstitutional for ZEC to prejudice the lawful interests of the MDC Alliance by excluding us from the engagement process.”
The incident comes amid a leaked ZEC memo in which a ZEC official TM Sunduza to ZEC Acting CEO Ms Chigidyi on whether MDC Alliance should be invited for stakeholders meetings.
The memo was circulated by exiled former cabinet minister and former Zanu PF official.
THE LEAKED @ZECzim INTERNAL MEMO from T M Sunduza to ZEC Acting CEO Ms Chigidyi PROVES that ZEC's CEO & Commissioners are directed & controlled by "POWERS THAT BE" (i.e: ZanuPF/ZDF) in breach of s235 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. THEY CAN'T RUN FREE & FAIR ELECTIONS & MUST GO! pic.twitter.com/uNAvXlLXjQ
— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) September 29, 2021