Chigumba snubs Chamisa poll demands

Chigumba snubs Chamisa poll demands
Published: 14 July 2018
THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has hinted it may not budge to continued election demands by MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa and his group.

At a routine stakeholder briefing of the commission's state of preparedness updates Friday, ZEC chair, Priscilla Chigumba said her commission was yet to study opposition demands before responding to them.

"Indeed, we received the petition and we are preparing answers," Chigumba said, adding that the main opposition's demands were not any different from those which were rejected by her organisation when MDC staged a similar march last month.

"However," she continued, "from our preliminary understanding of the petition, we realise it was not very different from previous ones and I can say the answers may not be very different. But we will provide responses."

The opposition has been demanding that ZEC stops its printing of ballots until such time there was consensus on the quality, quantity, administration and storage of the ballot.

The opposition is also clamouring for access by contestants to ballot printing amid continued fear the country's polls were being rigged through the manipulation and inflation of ballot material.

Chigumba described such demands as "outrageous".

The High Court judge said there was no legal obligation which compels ZEC to invite stakeholders to the printing process.
- newzimbabwe
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