Independent Candidates Cry Foul, Feel Sidelined By ZEC

Independent Candidates contesting the July 30 harmonized elections have called on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to give them the same treatment and status accorded to political parties.

Addressing journalists today in Harare, Member of Parliament for Harare West who is seeking to retain his seat as an independent candidate, Jessie Majome said they have organized themselves and came up with a forum to engage ZEC to raise their concerns.

“We are going to seek a formal meeting with ZEC where we will demand that ZEC treats us as independent candidates equally as it does with political parties by involving us in consultations about electoral processes at national level,

“There is no representation of independent candidates at national level, we expect ZEC to do the right thing and involve us and they provide without delay an analyzable copy of the voters role for the independent candidates

“They should also provide us, the members of the forum and other independent candidates who are not in the forum with the manuals for polling procedures and details of the numbers of polling postal votes that have been requested. We also expect ZEC to show us the measures it is taking to ensure that us as independent candidates enjoy equal access to the public media as well as the private media in the way it seeks to do so for political parties and provide us with a list of other independent candidates,” said Majome.

Meanwhile, Majome raised a few concerns over the Harare West voters roll saying there are 2622 voters with questionable addresses including two contesting candidates which she could not mention.

She questioned the integrity of the voters roll and the registration process in light of false addresses.