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MDC says it won't legitimise process

By unknown | Apr 21, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Eric Naki

The MDC has vowed to boycott the current recounting process and its outcome since it was clear that they were meant to legitimise "dictator" Robert Mugabe.

MDC general secretary Tendai Biti told journalists in Johannesburg yesterday that the recounting process was illegal and had no foundation in terms of the Zimbabwean Electoral Act.

"Our Zimbabwean Electoral Act Chapter 67A stipulates that recounting is only instituted or conducted after 48 hours, especially when there is a petition," Biti said.

"But in this case there is no petition, so why do we have to go that route three weeks after voting?"

Biti said in all 23 constituencies where recounting is taking place no petition was lodged. He said in three constituencies - Gokwe, Silobela and Zhombe - even Zanu-PF candidates refused to do the recount and have brought in their lawyers.

He said at many voting stations ballot boxes and seals were tampered with and signatures forged on forms used by electoral officials and party agents.

The MDC has called for international intervention, especially from the Red Cross since a humanitarian crisis looms in Zimbabwe. He said people were being denied food aid because they voted against Zanu-PF.

The MDC, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has vowed not to take part in a run-off election.

Biti said the announcement of resi- dential election results was being deliberately slowed down to allow the violence to continue and get institutionalised.


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