The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party has rejected the final report of Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s Election Observer Mission (SEOM) validating Zimbabwe’s July 31 polls as free, fair and credible. SEOM leader Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Membe on Monday delivered the final report which stated the Zimbabwean election had been held in a credible manner, Zimnbabwean news agency New Ziana reported. But former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party said the mission had failed to take note of various irregularities which it deemed were too many for the election to be given credence.
In a statement, the MDC-T argues that failure by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to provide the electronic voters roll had also tainted the elections.
“The MDC notes with grave concern the report’s failure to properly put into context the ignomity and magnitude of problems presented by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s failure to avail the voters roll to candidates on time,” it said.
“The report is also silent on many other irregularities such as chaotic voter registration, shambolic special vote exercise, fake voter slips, busing of voters, and high number of assisted voters.”