OPPOSITION parties under the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) have vowed to continue piling pressure on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to level the political playing field after their Monday meeting ended in a deadlock.
Source: Nera vows to keep fighting – NewsDay Zimbabwe September 14, 2016
BY BLESSED MHLANGA
Nera head of legal affairs Douglas Mwonzora yesterday accused Zec of working with the State security apparatus to frustrate the implementation of critical electoral reforms.
“The CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation) and Zec have resorted to creating political parties in order to dilute the influence of Nera in the ongoing discussions on electoral reforms. However, Nera is going to up its ante and the CIO, (President Robert) Mugabe, Zanu PF and Zec are in for a rude awakening. The struggle continues and victory is certain,” he said.
Mwonzora said electoral reforms were not issues that Zec would put to vote during meetings with political parties, but were legal matters recognised by the Constitution.
Nera convener Didymus Mutasa said Nera would continue to hold regular meetings to strategise.
“It is aluta continua, we will up our fight for electoral reforms. As we speak, we are in a meeting and we are hoping that Mwonzora has a legal strategy to deal with this, while nationwide demonstrations put up political pressure,” he said.
The Nera leaders accused Zec of inviting bogus political parties to their Monday meeting in order to derail discussions.
But, Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau denied hiring CIO operatives and “bogus” opposition parties to disrupt the meeting.
“There is no way we can know as Zec that this is a bogus political party or not, because there is no registration of political parties in Zimbabwe,” she said.