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MDC-T dossier exposes massive rigging by Zanu PF

MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai has made more sensational allegations of vote rigging in a dossier submitted to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) challenging the validity of the July 31 elections.


This includes claims that even school teachers, who are very literate, were assisted to vote.

In the dossier, accompanying his ConCourt petition filed on Friday, Tsvangirai said he would provide evidence, including affidavits and testimonies to buttress his claims that the elections were marred by corrupt, illegal practices and other electoral malpractices.

The MDC-T leader, who only managed to garner 33% of the vote compared to President Robert Mugabe’s 61%, said there was evidence proving that thousands of voters were forced to plead illiteracy in order to be “assisted” when casting their ballots.

He said reports from parliamentary candidates and election agents demonstrated that traditional leaders commandeered rural voters under their jurisdiction to vote at specific times and to declare illiteracy so that they would be “assisted” to vote.

Tsvangirai said Vice-President Joice Mujuru was shown on national television openly calling for traditional leaders to assist persons under their jurisdiction to vote for Zanu PF.

He said the extent of the problem of involuntarily “assisted voters” across the country would be easily evident from the number of persons who supposedly opted for assistance.

“I am advised that in one constituency alone, at least 10 500 voters out of 17 000 who cast their ballots were assisted, a figure that is incredible considering this is a country applauded for having some of the highest literacy rates in Africa,”  said Tsvangirai.

He said the MDC-T had since collected evidence that the 206 901 “assisted” voters, as confirmed by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC),   were intimidated by Mugabe’s Zanu PF supporters, agents and associates.

Tsvangirai said from the affidavits compiled by the party, it was clear that there was a sophisticated and well-orchestrated system of intimidation that led to perfectly literate individuals professing that they could not read and write.

“I contend that over 200 000 votes were attributed to the 1st respondent [Mugabe] in his final vote tally are a direct result of electoral fraud. On this basis alone the election should be nullified,” he said in his ConCourt petition.

Tsvangirai alleged that there was rampant misuse of voter registration slips. He said on election day, the party unearthed a scam in which tens of thousands of fraudulent slips were issued out and were being used to vote.

Tsvangirai said in Hatfield alone 500 people were found to have in their possession fake registration slips, resulting in six of them being arrested.

He said similar incidents were witnessed in Epworth, Mt Pleasant and Harare South where persons had been bussed in to vote from other constituencies, using voter registration slips. The Mt pleasant incident was captured on video.

Tsvangirai said Zanu PF supporters were bussed to vote in at least 28 constituencies won by the MDC-T in 2008 with voters registered under dubious addresses that included security establishments and bogus housing cooperatives.

“The problem is that the abuse of the facility to use voter registration slips on a large scale permitted otherwise ineligible persons to vote in constituencies other than their own. It allowed room for multiple voting, the effect of which was to inflate the number of voters in specific constituencies across the country,” said Tsvangirai in his ConCourt petition.

He said the problem was exacerbated by the fact that there were insufficient mechanisms to prevent multiple voting, including the absence of the ink-detecting machinery at polling stations coupled with the fact that the ink easily washed away.

Tsvangirai was also concerned about the alleged duplication of 870 000 names on the voters roll which he said resulted in ZEC printing an extra two million ballot papers, basing on a grossly inflated and flowed register.

He said the duplication of names and the extra ballot papers significantly raised the risk of multiple voting and unaccounted for ballots, putting into serious doubt the credibility of the voters roll and the entire electoral process.

Tsvangirai said the special voting system was exposed to abuse in that it allowed room for service personnel to vote more than once during the election, thereby inflating the voting figures.

He said there was no accountability on the number of people eligible for special voting as the number of approved voters did not tally with the number of personnel in the service of the police, in accordance with the  Government payment records.

Furthermore, the MDC-T leader said ZEC also failed to account for the number of ballots used on the special voting days, how many were printed, distributed and unused and what happened to them.

He said thousands of voters were turned away at polling stations resulting in the disenfranchisement on an industrial scale and therefore affecting the credibility of the election.
Tsvangirai said information gathered showed that at least 750 000 voters were turned away at polling stations mainly in urban areas.
Tsvangirai wants a fresh election in 60 days.

Vote-buying against electoral act: MDC-T
Morgan Tsvangirai alleged vote buying by the first lady, Grace Mugabe and Zanu PF candidates. He said Zanu PF was actively involved in doling out food hand-outs and other goodies at campaign rallies in breach of the Electoral Act and a code of conduct signed by all political parties.

He also complained of the partisan manner of the state-owned media in violation of the Constitution and the Electoral Act, as well as Sadc guidelines obliging them to act in a fair and balanced manner during election time.

Tsvangirai has also alleged that an Israeli security company, Nikuv Project International, was paid over US$10 million to rig the elections in favour of Mugabe and Zanu PF by manipulating the voters roll.

19 Responses to MDC-T dossier exposes massive rigging by Zanu PF

  1. Prof Nkata August 11, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    zimbabwe’s judges will be tested as to where they stand . the evidence is overwhelming

  2. Maricho August 11, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Mogiza, it would have helped you if you had refused to participate in the election as some of your allegations pre – date the election. But coming to the issue of the Courts, as you are aware, Mugabe has been in power for 33 years and all the judges were appointed by him; the judges are Mugabe’s friends. It will be difficulty for you; they will dismiss your case with costs as they always do and promise to give reasons later. They will never disclose their reasons for dismissing your case because they actually know that your arguments are true but what would you do if you were in the same position as these judges? Would you go against you Master? Remember, Mugabe appointed them to protect the party and they are members of his party.

    Mogiza, you had a good run against Mugabe and every one including the army commanders know that. You defeated Mugabe on all occasions but these ZANU (PF) will not allow you to be President of Zimbabwe you know that. It’s time to call quits but I suggest you go and rest out of the country e.g. in the U.S.A or the U.K because when you out of politics these people will try to kill you.

    • emmanuel August 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

      @ Maricho: Tsvangirai is the brand name of MDC as Mugabe is the brand name of Zanu PF. Putting Tsvangirai out of the picture will sound a death knell to the MDC as putting putting Mugabe out of the picture will sound the same death knell to Zanu PF. That is the reason why Zanu PF has stuck with their brand name , Mugabe , even if they know that he is no longer capable of leading. However , it’s unfortunate that sooner rathe than later , as nature will dictate , we will be lowering the casket of this Zanu PF brand to his final resting home and this will signal , to a very large extent , the demise of Zanu PF. Under the current political circumstances , it will be wise for the MDC to continue with the brand Tsvangirai.

      • essap August 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

        In the same vein as Mugabe the one man ‘brand’ has been both the windfall and downfall of Zanu PF, so has Morgan been to MDC.

  3. Baba Wesy August 11, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Lets wait and see true test for these judges especially on Nikuv and state media abuse. What will they say abt this?

  4. Mike Hove August 11, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    The evidence is overwhelming; irrefutable. A fresh election is the way forward.

    • essap August 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      i am struggling to understand how these allegations are being termed evidence. Is it enough to shout ‘thief!’, then say claim that as evidence? It is an allegation that has to be substantiated in court with evidence. We patiently await this evidence Mr MDC T.

  5. Silvester Matambo August 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    There is no evidence here. This is just mere rhetoric from a puppet on the ropes

    • Matambo s. August 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

      Iwe uri zidofo chairo

  6. delayed action August 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Given that Baba Jukwa has been screaming from the roof-top concerning this NIKUV company and its activities, i am shocked Morgan and Co chose to ignore these warnings only to cite them now. Too little too late pal, vakuru vakati ‘akuruma nzeve ndewako’.

  7. Tate'sOwn August 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Mr/mrs/miss delalayed action, mr tsvangirai actually was the first and maybe the only official to take zec to task about nikuv,BEFORE the election if you didnt know,or maybe choose to forget.

    • delayed action August 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

      What is the meaning of ‘take zec to task?’ What did that achieve? Why did he not take them to court like he is doing now?

  8. chimwango August 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    It is quiet clear even to us ordinary people that Tsvangrai and other progressive forces were robbed of their victory.Tsvangrai was contesting a genuine election but Mugabe and Zanu were playing a cheating competition.As a result Tsvangirai realized it after the contest that he was playing the wrong game.Chidyausiku is a judge as well as a farmer ,the farm which he benefited from Mugabe’s land reform so he is just going to pretend to be a good judge confusing the whole nation by using judicial jagon in favour of Mugabe and there by exposing his biasness towards Mugabe.

  9. Penalty August 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    Mdc haisati yave neevidence is still seeking a high court order to have look at the voting material which may be granted or not remember what happened earlier on recounts. They may not have enough in their dossier to satisfy the court. They were part of the gvt and are to blame for the challenges zec met

  10. Asylum August 11, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    If MDC make door to door campains & make sure each of their supporters register 2 vote, it’s easy 4 them 2 reach 3million voters. Tsvangison musn’t resign as these ZANOids are saying since he is the brand name 4 MDC.

  11. baba jukwa futi August 13, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Lilikikikikiki. You know what is clutching at straws. Zanu pf chiwororo. Zvido zvewanhu nekusingaperi

  12. mugo dr August 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    guys the issue is not about Tsvangirai the issue is about you the people of Zimbabwe , the lack of patriotism is rife. Look and recall 2008-2009 Zimbabwe is now an oil soaked rag where noone will get a job and service . Just wait and see if these coyotes failed the country for the past 33 years do you think they will do miracles even backed by your ululations. A revolution is unstoppable nomatter what check your history. People will suffer while others stash their pockets with bloody diamonds \, is that educating the youth , is that health and do you get a job by praising a sinking ship , what about food guys your suffering continous open your blinded eyes and see.

  13. charles moyo August 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    will you guys pliz remember that there are guys who are paid to think.They come to work everyday to think, and mark my words .MDC will not win any election petition.These guys had 5yrs to perfect their act.i envy their precision.i like guys who are smart.Politics is not a christian ministry, its do or die.word of advise to mdc,”dont disagree with something that will eat you”

  14. muvengwa munondivengerei August 18, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    Sensational but unsubstantiated allegations. A good work of fiction that does not appeal to legal minds.

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