Tension rises as MDC leader vows to stop elections
Harare — Political tension is rising in the run-up to Zimbabwe’s elections on July 30, with the main opposition led by the MDC Alliance due to take to the streets on Wednesday to protest against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) over its alleged poor preparations for the polls. Should the outcome of the election favour the incumbent, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the tension playing out is likely to provide cannon fodder for the MDC Alliance to challenge the outcome. A disputed result is likely to plunge the country into more uncertainty and cripple the economy. Fuelling the latest rift are claims by the MDC Alliance that the electoral commission had blocked its access to the voters’ roll and refused to let it see the ballot paper. On Tuesday it claimed there had been a data breach after Zanu-PF sent messages to thousands of registered voters on Monday imploring them to vote for its candidates. The ZEC has put the final tally of registered voters at 5.6-million. Speculation in...
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