Exiled former minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Professor Jonathan Moyo has said elections scheduled to be held in 2023 cannot be cancelled without amending the national constitution.
Moyo’s reasoning is in resonance with those of the Election Resource Centre (ERC), an election watchdog, which early this month said the cancellation of both by-elections and the 2023 elections was dangerous to constitutionalism and democracy in the country. Moyo said:
THERE’S NO WAY the 2023 general election can be cancelled or postponed without amending the Constitution of Zimbabwe and taking the amendment to a referendum which, since a referendum is an election, would belie the reasons for cancelling or postponing the 2023 general election!
ELECTIONS MUST NEVER BE CANCELED. It’s a terrible thing to contemplate or do in a constitutional democracy. Those who genuinely want a GNU, for whatever reasons, must get it through an election either as a product of a pre-election pact or a result of an inconclusive election!
His remarks come amid reports that opposition MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora approached President Emmerson Mnangagwa proposing that both the pending by-elections and the 2023 elections be postponed.
The party reasoned that polls were a waste of time and resources given that the requisite political reforms are yet to be implemented.
MDC-T is pushing for dialogue which could possibly result in the formation of a government of national unity saying that approach will result in nation-building by easing rising tensions between the government on one hand and the opposition and the citizenry on the other.
Meanwhile, ZANU PF and opposition MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa are preparing for the elections.