Ballot paper negotiations set for Tuesday

By Daniel Chigundu

MDC Alliance Presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa says they are expecting to solve the sticking issue of ballot papers with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on Tuesday.

Political parties met with ZEC on Friday under the Multi-party liaison Committee to try and find consensus on various sticking points, but they could not finish the topical issue of ballot papers.

Chamisa wants ZEC and political parties to first agree on the design of the ballot, paper to be used, storage, distribution and also inspection of the printing process before the election set for 30 July.

Addressing party supporters in Gweru during an election campaign rally, Chamisa said they had agreed with ZEC on other issues such as the positioning on polling booths, but have not yet agreed on ballot papers.

“So we have said on the disagreements we have with ZEC they must be solved, today we are talking about ZEC because that is the main problem, Tuesday we have a meeting with ZEC that is where we are supposed to finalise the issues.

“if we reach consensus we will tell you that we are now moving forward towards elections on the 30th, but if there is no consensus we will tell you also that we have not agreed,” he said.

Chamisa added that he will not go to the courts as is being suggested by President Emmerson Mnangagwa arguing that he will not play into traps.

“I heard ED saying Chamisa should go to court, I will not do that I won’t play into his traps, we will not participate in elections that have already been decided if we agree to hold an election then let’s hold elections we will not allow predetermined elections,” he said.

The MDC Alliance leader is on record telling his supporters that the party will not participate in rigged elections and that he will ensure that no elections will take place as long as they are not free and fair.-

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