Zimbabwe opposition ask electoral body to ensure 2018 poll is free and fair

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Zimbabwe’s main opposition party has called upon the country’s electoral body to “put all the necessary systems in place” to ensure that the 2018 elections are free and fair.

The Movement for Democratic Change in a statement said that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission should work with political parties to ensure success in the poll.

“Election 2018 is less than 24 months away and this is the time for ZEC to put all the necessary systems in place to ensure that the elections produce a result that is credible and legitimate; a result that is beyond contestation, thus underlying the need for the holding of free and fair elections,” MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said.

Gutu further called on the electoral body to make public the list of those who would be financially supporting it to organise the elections.

ZEC chairperson, Justice Rita Makarau recently announced that the electoral reforms would cost about $30m and that both the government and donors will fund the process.

“We all know that the government of Zimbabwe is nearly bankrupt and that it will most likely be unable to make any significant financial contribution to meeting the said cost. Thus, it is incumbent upon ZEC to make a full public disclosure of the names of the donors who will be funding this process,” Gutu said.

Zimbabwe has been ruled by President Robert Mugabe since 1987, and it is not clear yet whether the 92-year-old will vie for another term or not.