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Zimbabweans respond to MDC claims that election illegitmate

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The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) today issued a press briefing in which they said, among other things:

This election has been a huge farce. Its credibility has been marred by administrative and legal violations which affect the legitimacy of its outcome. The election has been heavily manipulated. In our view, the outcome of this election is illegitimate. But more importantly, the shoddy manner in which it has been conducted and the consequent illegitimacy of the result will plunge this country into a serious crisis.

In its preliminary statement on the Harmonised Elections, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) said:

Based on the empirical reports from our observers, regardless of the outcome, the credibility of the 2013 Harmonised Elections is seriously compromised by a systematic effort to disenfranchise an estimated million voters. We reiterate that, it is not sufficient for elections to be peaceful. For elections to be credible they must offer all eligible citizens a reasonable opportunity to register to vote; to inform themselves about the candidates; to vote on election day and for their votes to be properly counted. We are deeply concerned that for urban voters the first three principles have already been violated.

We shared this information with our SMS subscribers. Here are some of their responses in their own words:

  • Only that he is not the one speaking, he wants to satisfy his masters not Zims (if he is normal aidyiwa semi kumba kwake, tell the zesn kuti yadyiwa neimwe yacho! Bhora mugedhi Buhera he has two councillors only
  • What’s the way forward?
  • Help us God. Going back to those days of no water, no food, no electricity again
  • Feel very sad today,
  • Election was free and fair. Tsvangirai clanged to power yet he was decampaigning himself messing each n every day he should have let someone better lead the party rather than put the party in a plunge. Results are more than fair, the Tsvangirai youth didn’t register neither did they vote so how could they win
  • Yes we all know that but what can be done about it MDC is powerless
  • What is the way forward
  • MDC people were arrogant they did not plan they should have boycotted at the initial stage during registration.
  • So what can we do now
  • So what is next?
  • What is the way forward
  • Its important to let people known the truth, and not jus rhetoric and outbursts that lack evidentiary material…whose legitimacy and illegitimacy here?
  • We are so desperate we no longer know what to do we a just praying to God to intervene
  • It’s ok, lets leave to the God.
  • We ready for anything Zimbabwe ngeye ropa not yezvimbwasungata aluta continua
  • Sham election. The worst rigging ever.
  • Tsvangirai is sometimes a cry baby it is to early to rush into making such statements
  • This election was not legitimate in some areas. Some did not vote. I was an agent & @ e polling station were i was 114 people did not vote because there was  less tym 2 register and some because of fear.
  • If Zanu wins there is going to be another crisis in Zim with people flocking to SA and other neighbouring countries.
  • Why did Tsvangson participate in the fist place? Hatichamuvimbi. (We’ve lost faith in him.)


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