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MDC, UZA chicken out of by elections

MIDWEEK REPORTER

HARARE- The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Advocate Douglas Mwonzora and the  United Zimbabwe Alliance (UZA) will not participate in the up-coming December 9 2023 by-elections citing uneven electoral playing field.

The up-coming  December 9 2023 by-elections were triggered by the recall of 15 CCC legislators by self-imposed CCC secretary general, Sengezo Tshabangu.

In separate statements, the MDC and UZA cited lack of electoral reforms as the major reason behind refraining from participating in the up-coming by-elections.

“We have carefully assessed the current electoral conditions, and regrettably, we find that these conditions have not improved since the August, 2023 plebiscite. We had previously stated that the August elections were marred by what we believe to be the biggest electoral fraud in the history of our great nation.

“Unfortunately, the issues that plagued that election remain unaddressed, and the electoral landscape remains fraught with challenges,” said MDC in a statement.

MDC leader, Mwonzora, a presidential aspirant in the August 2023, withdrew from contesting at the eleventh hour citing electoral irregularities.

UZA also issued a scathing statement highlighting reasons behind snubbing participation in the December 9 2023 by-elections.

“The United Zimbabwe Alliance (UZA) will not participate in the December 9 by-elections.”

“We do not have confidence in the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), which has proven to be biased and has not implemented any meaningful electoral reforms since the disputed 2023 harmonised elections.

“The August 2023 elections were condemned by local and international observers as neither free nor fair, yet ZEC has not addressed the issues of intimidation, militarization of staff, lack of transparency and the shambolic voters’ rolls that marred the elections,” UZA said in a statement.

Zanu PF, CCC and some independent candidates yesterday filed their nomination papers ahead of the by-elections scheduled for the 9th of December 2023.

CCC initially announced that it will not field its candidates for the by-elections but made a u-turn after the High Court threw out its application seeking reinstatement of the recalled legislators.

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