A coalition of Zim opposition parties staged a protest on Wednesday calling on the government of Zimbabwe to disband the Zim electoral commission due to their partial practices against opposition parties in Zimbabwe
About 200 protesters gathered near the central business district to protest against the running of the Zim Electoral Commission.
The protest was initially scheduled to take place at the electoral commission head office but was later moved to the central business district due to a police ban on the protest.
“Having failed the fundamental test of impartiality and independence required of an election management board, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission must forthwith be disbanded and dismantled,” the parties said in a petition
Ahead of the march, Zim riot police patrolled the venue of the march with water cannons.
The coalition consisted of more than 10 political parties in Zimbabwe all united under the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA), including the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai and ex-vice president Joice Mujuru’s National People’s Party (NPP).
“This country cannot be a country that every time we go for an election it is contested and there is dispute,” Tsvangirai told the protesters before the petition was handed to the electoral commission.
“Why should we have a character of an election which is violent and which is always dependent on coercion and intimidation?”
Zimbabwe’s elections have always been marred by controversies, violence, electoral fraud, all in favor of the ruling party’s candidate, Robert Mugabe who has ruled the southern African country since their independence from Britain in 1980.
The nonagenarian was endorsed by his party to contest the 2018 presidential polls. Despite protests from Zimbabweans on the legality and incompetency of Mugabe to rule Zimbabwe, Mugabe and his supporters do not see anything wrong with the decision.
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Zim opposition parties have been deliberating on forming a coalition to edge out President Mugabe, who turned 93 last month, and the ruling ZANU-PF from power.
The protest also demanded that the electoral process should be conducted by the United Nations and the African Union due to the corruption associated with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, which Zimbabweans believe to be practically an arm of the ruling ZANU-PF party.