WASHINGTON DC —
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai has joined a growing list of Zimbabweans who are petitioning Justice Rita Makarau to dissolve the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) for alleged major shortcomings and incompetence.
Makarau chairs the ZEC, which is under mounting pressure after the main opposition political parties in the country started boycotting by-elections accusing the electoral body of failing to properly manage polls.
The Youth Alliance is circulating the petition for signatures and the list is said to be growing.
Last month, the MDC wrote to Makarau demanding a copy of the electronic voters’ roll used in 2013. But ZEC has failed to produce the required document.
Now the party has filed a court petition to stop any electoral processes in the country until such a time when all modalities regarding the conduct of elections are put in place.
Makarau told a parliamentary portfolio committee this week that ZEC is now in charge of the voters’ roll and not the Registrar General’s Office.
She also promised to avail a voters’ roll to all parties ahead of three by-elections at the end of next month.
Justice Makarau blamed the delays in aligning the new and the old constitution for the string of litigations ZEC is facing.
Efforts to get a comment from Makarau were futile as her phone went unanswered.
Youth Alliance chairman, Gilbert Mutubuki, said ZEC has a legitimacy crisis.