MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, said he was aware Zanu PF wanted to hold elections before key electoral, media and security sector reforms had been made, in order to give the party an unfair advantage.
“They are afraid of free and fair elections and that is why they want to rush for elections without making reforms,” he said.
Mwonzora said Mugabe would not be able to unilaterally declare dates for elections under the current GPA set up.
“We are confident that Sadc will not allow Mugabe and Zanu PF to unilaterally declare elections,” he said. “Elections before reforms will be a non-event and this will take us back to the violence and murder of 2008.”
Mwonzora said when the Supreme Court ordered Mugabe to declare dates for the by-elections, it meant that he had to consult Tsvangirai in accordance with the Constitution.
“The Court simply said the President must do everything necessary to call for elections, which includes making the necessary consultations,” he said.
Holding elections under the current Lancaster House Constitution gives advantage to Zanu PF as the party still controls the electoral process, as well as key institutions such as the military and public media.