via MDC-T rubbishes SADC final report | The Zimbabwean by Farai Mabeza
MDC-T has dismissed as inaccurate and unscientific the report released by the Southern Africa Development Community endorsing the July 31 elections.
In a statement released in Harare on Monday, the SADC Election Observation Mission described the elections as free and credible but would still not comment on the polls’ fairness.
The party released a statement on Monday saying the stance taken by the regional body defied logic.
“It defies any logic that the report raises quite some disturbing issues with regards to process and handling of the just ended election and still continues to declare the outcome as credible,” MDC said in its statement.
“The MDC notes with grave concern the report’s failure to properly put into context the enormity and magnitude of the problem presented by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s failure to avail the voters roll to candidates on time,” the party said.
MDC-T’s presidential candidate in the elections, Morgan Tsvangirai, garnered 34 percent of the vote while Zanu (PF)’s Robert Mugabe received 61 percent, according to the results released by ZEC.
MDC-T, in the statement, said SADC the report failed to address a number of issues which the party felt affected the conduct of the elections.
“The report which is also silent on many other irregularities such as chaotic voter registration, shambolic special vote exercise, fake voter slips, bussing of voters, high number of assisted voters, is to all intent and purpose, highly fictitious, totally inaccurate and incredibly unscientific,” MDC said.
MDC-T said the regional body’s refusal to condemn the elections had let Zimbabweans down.
“It is clear that the people’s vote was stolen and SADC has once again let the people of Zimbabwe down by failing to condemn the rigging which took place,” MDC-T said.