WATCH: Opposition storms Zimbabwe police post amid early voting

HARARE- Opposition supporters have stormed a police camp in Zimbabwe where officers were voting ahead of this month’s historic election without election officials present.

A video circulating around social media has alarmed some people in the country, where new president Emmerson Mnangagwa had promised that the election would not resort to past tactics. However voting rigging allegations have plagued the election.

The Zimbabwe election commission’s chief officer, Utloile Silaigwana, at first denied Thursday’s voting took place, dismissed reports as “hogwash”, but woud later acknowledge the allegations, after police acknowledged some officers were voting.

“There is no requirement for ZEC to be present when individuals vote; ZEC meets their ballots when they courier them to the CEO,” he said.

However the opposition said that the police officers were uncomfortable with the voting sent alerts via social media, resulting in officials and election observers rushing to the camp to find the process under way.

“What we witnessed is far from what is inscribed in the law,” said Welshman Ncube, spokesperson for the main MDC opposition coalition.

“People voting by postal ballot are not supposed to vote under supervision. They should simply get their sealed envelopes with their ballot papers and return them before a prescribed date. This was an attempt to rig.”

In one video it shows the votes piled in cardboard boxes of a popular brand of sanitary pads.

“Here’s the irony — the brand is STAYFREE. This poll is anything but. The jokes write themselves,” journalist Mduduzi Mathuthu said on Twitter.

Photo Credit-AP News

 

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