MDC calls on Zimbabweans to register to vote in their millions
A few days ago, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), announced that the tender to supply biometric voter registration ((BVR) kits ahead of the 2018 harmonized elections had been awarded to a Chinese company, Laxton Group Limited.
This award is in stark contradiction to the recommendation of the political parties that observed the BVR validation process. The MDC is aware that the Zanu PF - appointed State Procurement Board directly influenced ZEC to award this tender to the Chinese company. It does not escape us that the beleaguered and faction - ridden Zanu PF party has strong bonds of friendship with the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Notwithstanding this biased and politically - inspired award of the BVR kits supply contract to Laxton Group Limited, the MDC is calling upon Zimbabweans, living in the country and in the diaspora, to register to vote in their millions when the voter registration exercise begins in due course.
We derive comfort from the fact that our technical experts are firmly on the ground and that they are keeping an eagle's eye on all the shenanigans that are being created by ZEC as it seeks to steal the people's vote on behalf of the thoroughly discredited and unpopular Zanu PF regime. Our technical experts are convinced that the German company, Demalog Identification Systems, are technically superior and better experienced in the supply of BVR kits compared to the Chinese company, Laxton Group Limited. Be that as it may, our technical experts are highly trained computer specialists who will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the BVR exercise is not manipulated and bastardized by the crumbling and bankrupt Zanu PF regime. The people of Zimbabwe are guaranteed of winning against the Zanu PF dictatorship provided they register to vote in their millions in order to circumvent and short circuit the evil and malevolent vote rigging machinery that ZEC is desperately trying to put in place.
The MDC encourages all eligible voters, particularly the youth, to ensure that they not only register to vote but also that they cast their ballot on polling day. Voter apathy is one of the biggest enemies of democracy. Indeed, the collapsing and faction - infested Zanu PF regime will be a direct beneficiary of voter apathy, particularly in urban areas. The solution, therefore, is to make sure that no less than 6 million Zimbabweans should register to vote for the 2018 harmonized elections.
The brutal, notorious and corrupt Kamuzu Banda dictatorship in Malawi was voted out of power in 1994 when no less than 82% of eligible voters in Malawi voted on polling day. Thus, we assure the toiling masses of Zimbabwe that we are up to the game and that this time around, the MDC will never, ever allow ZEC to steal the people's vote on behalf of Robert Mugabe and the Zanu PF dictatorship that he fronts.
The people of Zimbabwe deserve to be governed by a responsible, competent, accountable, transparent and efficient government that will be established through a free and fair electoral process. We shouldn't be discouraged by the desperate machinations of the incumbent terrorist regime that is already sensing a humiliating and crushing electoral annihilation in next year's elections.
No dictatorship can stop the people's march to victory as long as we remain united, determined and focused. The MDC is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that each and every vote in next year's elections is free and fair. Our push for electoral reforms remains undeterred and our resolute stance against all forms of vote rigging is getting even stronger by the day.
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Obert Chaurura Gutu
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