MDC marchers to de­mand re­forms ahead of Zim­babwe elec­tions

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

HARARE – Zim­babwe's main op­po­si­tion party marched to the in­de­pen­dent elec­tion agency for the sec­ond time in as many months on Wednes­day, de­mand­ing re­forms it said were vi­tal for a cred­i­ble vote this month.

Zim­babwe will choose a new pres­i­dent and mem­bers of Par­lia­ment on July 30 in the first elec­tion since Robert Mu­gabe was forced to re­sign af­ter a de facto army coup late last year. The elec­tion will pit Mu­gabe's suc­ces­sor Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and his ZANU-PF party against chal­lengers led by Nel­son Chamisa of the Move­ment for Demo­cratic Change (MDC). Thou­sands of MDC sup­port­ers in the party's red colours and hold­ing plac­ards that read 'No Re­forms, No Elec­tions' and 'No to vote rig­ging' marched to the Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (ZEC) in Harare, where MDC lead­ers are ex­pected to hand in a pe­ti­tion with their de­mands. "ZANU-PF is shame­lessly try­ing

to steal the elec­tion by us­ing ZEC," Costa Machin­gauta, an MDC Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment told the crowd.

The MDC is wary of any at­tempt to put it at a dis­ad­van­tage to Mnan­gagwa and ZANU-PF, in­sist­ing there be a deal on how to de­sign, print and store bal­lot papers. At the last march in June, Chamisa said the ZEC should al­low an in­de­pen­dent au­dit of the

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