Chamisa slams Zimbabwe electoral body ahead of vote

Harare- Movement of Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa says if their concerns are not met by the electoral commission their will be no election.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Chamisa added,  “There will no election in this country if our concerns are not addressed.

The MDC concerns include that the electoral commission must halt printing of ballot papers until a common position on the design and structure of the ballots has been agreed by all parties. They say the current design favours incumbent President Emmerson Mngangagwa as his name has been put at the top.

The MDC leader also wants the body to provide his party with an electronic voters’ roll containing photographs of registered voters. He insists that their are many shortcomings in the system.

Zimbabweans go to the polls on July 30, this will be the first time they have done so in almost 40 years without former president Robert Mugabe on the ballot. Mugabe was removed by a coup, late last year.

Priscilla Chigumba, the chairwoman of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, defended the body.

She said,”Whatever we do is guided by the laws of this country.”

She added that all political parties that will participate in the election are free to collect copies of the voters roll at the ZEC offices.

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