MDC officials barred from witnessing printing of ballot papers
By Staff Reporter
MDC-T and its Alliance officials were reportedly barred from witnessing the printing of ballot papers for the July 30 harmonised elections this past week, party leader Nelson Chamisa has said.
The opposition alliance has led the current demands for a clean poll with some of its main concerns around transparency in the printing of ballot papers.
ZEC last week invited all parties to witness the printing of the electoral material with some opposition parties and independent candidates confirming attending.
But MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa told his followers at a rally in Mvurwi weekend that his party representatives were barred from witnessing the process.
MDC Alliance senatorial candidate for Bulawayo, David Coltart and MDC-T executive member Jameson Timba, both confirmed representatives of the opposition front were barred from witnessing the process.
“If we do not agree on ballot papers, there will be no elections this year,” Chamisa said.
“I was told that our party members were not given time to witness the printing of papers, hence tomorrow (Monday), I am going to see (ZEC chair, Priscilla) Chigumba and Mnangagwa. If we do not agree on that, there will be no elections,” Chamisa said.
The MDC-T leader said he was informed ZEC has since changed the format of the ballot paper and placed him side-by-side with his main rival, President Emmerson Mnangagwa instead of following the alphabetical order which would have placed him second with the Zanu PF leader being number 15 on the candidates list.