As Zimbabwe prepares for its first Mugabe-free election in four decades at the end of July, opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa and his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party are already alleging election fraud by incumbent interim president Emmerson Mnangagwa and the ruling Zanu-PF party.
Our ballot is a security issue, elections are a national security issue.
If the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission doesn’t respond to his allegations, Chamisa said he would take control of the process and announce his inevitable victory early:
Zanu-PF remains enormously powerful, Zimbabwean political culture remains toxic, and the MDC has been divided since the death of longtime leader Morgan Tsvangirai in February.
The European Union observer mission to Zimbabwe issued a statement last week calling the 2018 elections a “critical test of Zimbabwe’s reform process” and calling for “transparency and inclusivity, confidence in the integrity of the voter roll, emphasis on secrecy of the vote and the peaceful conduct of the polls.”