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Former VP Mujuru's People First Signs Opposition Electoral Reform Accord

  • Gibbs Dube

FILE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe reacts with his deputy, Joice Mujuru, during Defence Forces Day in Harare, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012.

FILE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe reacts with his deputy, Joice Mujuru, during Defence Forces Day in Harare, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012.

People First party linked to former Vice President Joice Mujuru has signed an opposition party accord calling for electoral reforms.

According to Bishop Ancelimo Magaya, who is part of a cluster of organizations that are observing the implementation of the electoral accord, the party signed the document on Tuesday.

Magaya told VOA Studio 7 that People First’s move is commendable.

“On the 3rd of December we had a ceremony where about 10 or 11 political parties, the opposition came together to actually sign the National Electoral Reform Agenda document. We have a process which has not been closed. Some people did not make it then and we had to give them time to think through and so that is what has happened now.

“People First have indicated that they are endorsing this process and would like to work with other parties in fighting for reforms. They have signed the document.”

He said this would put pressure on President Robert Mugabe’s party to introduce electoral reforms ahead of the 2018 general election.

The Movement for Democratic Change formations have been boycotting local parliamentary by-elections claiming that the electoral field favours the ruling Zanu PF party.

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