By Peace Mlilo
Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa has urged Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to be apolitical and stop being controlled by ZANU PF.
This comes after CCC’s election and legal team visited ZEC offices to express their dissatisfaction over ZEC’s ‘unconstitutional’ behaviour ahead of the Saturday by-elections and were blocked by the police.
CCC is accusing ZEC of manipulating the voters’ roll and not being transparent.
Online pressure group Team Pachedu has been hitting back at ZEC, accusing it of failing to address discrepancies observed in the voters roll.
Chamisa wrote on Twitter: “ZEC, ZEC,ZEC …you are a referee not a wing of any political party. Be transparent, professional, independent, constitutional and honorable. Don’t force us as citizens to demand your disbandment! We have that power!”
His post was received with mixed feelings with his supporters urging the youthful leader to act.
Chamisa said the Electoral Act stipulated that the voters roll was a public document, which members of the public were entitled to access.
Meanwhile, Zec has awarded Fidelity Printers and Refiners and Printflow contracts to print ballot papers for by-elections scheduled for March 26.
The ballot papers have already been printed, a situation which analysts said will not allow political parties to scrutinise them for possible mistakes.