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MDC Alliance Demonstration On Next Tuesday

MDC Alliance, a coalition of opposition parties led by Nelson Chamisa will next week Tuesday descend on the streets of Harare to demand electoral reforms ahead of the July 30 poll date.

Addressing journalists in Harare today, MDC Alliance Principal, Tendai Biti said they will mobilize their members to protest against what he termed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ignorance in meeting their electoral reform demands.

“The MDC Alliance has thus resolved to mobilize it members in terms of Section 59 of the Constitution to cause ZEC and the government to accede to our legitimate demands in the spirit of Constitutionalism, justice and most importantly, Zimbabwe.

” The demonstration will take place on the 5th of June 2018. Participants will gather at Africa Unity Square and then march to ZEC Offices. They will proceed to Munhumutapa building and wind back to Africa Unity Square where they will be addressed by the leadership,” said Biti.

“There must be an agreement on external audit within all parties. If this and other reforms are not met, we will mobilize our people, go in the streets on the 5th of June. We want to know who is printing the ballot paper, the agency printing it and what criteria was used to choose that company,” added Biti.

He accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission of infringing the rights of people to a free, fair and credible election through the establishment of additional polling station, which he said was illegitimate.

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“ZEC increased polling station from 10 000 to 11 500, which is illegitimate, and therefore not fair, that is what we are going to march for again,” said Biti adding that even if ZEC and president Mnangagwa ignore all this after the demonstration, they will approach the court to make sure that the election will not be held without reforms.

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