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Fast-Tracking of Electoral Bill Angers MDC-T

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says it will legally challenge the passing of the Electoral Amendment Bill by the Senate on Wednesday because the bill violates some provisions of Zimbabwe’s new constitution.

MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora, who accuses Zanu PF of fast-tracking the bill, said the ruling party seeks to, among other issues, re-introduce postal voting, bar Zimbabweans in the diaspora from voting, legalize the use of voter registration slips and deny automatic access to the voters’ roll.

Mwonzora said the bill is highly defective as it does not address serious concerns. The bill is now expected to go to the House of Assembly before the Speaker Jacob Mudenda takes it to President Robert Mugabe for signing it into a law.
But Zanu PF chief-whip Joram Gumbo dismissed the MDC-T’s intentions saying all the correct procedures were followed when the bill was brought before the senate.
For perspective on the Electoral Amendment Bill, reporter Sithandekile Mhlanga reached political analyst and Bulawayo Agenda director Thabani Nyoni, who says if the bill is signed into law, Zimbabweans will continue witnessing a recycle of a “flawed electoral process” whenever there is an election.
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