Opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) says it has changed its approach to engaging SADC and the African Union (AU) after lessons from previous elections in Zimbabwe and neighbouring Zambia and Malawi.
The party led by Nelson Chamisa, a former Minister of ICT during the Government of National Unity (GNU) is hopeful that the regional blocs will finally exercise their influence on Zimbabwe to bring electoral reforms.
Fadzayi Mahere, the party’s national spokesperson told reporters at a press conference held on Thursday last week that the party was in the process of preparing a dossier of government’s electoral breaches to take to the regional blocs to prevent electoral fraud.
Zimbabwe heads for its harmonised elections in 2023 with the opposition increasingly apprehensive over the government’s continued failure or neglect to make requisite poll reforms to create a level playing field. Fadzayi Mahere told reporters:
We have sharpened our approach since the 2018 elections, we took very important lessons even with these by-elections.
This has informed our engagement with the international community, particularly regional bodies around electoral processes that are going to take place in Zimbabwe.
You will note that there has been a shift of approach by the region when it comes to elections; we saw the work they did in Zambia, Malawi and the work they continue to do in other jurisdictions.
So we are ensuring we have a dossier of information to give to them so that they are prepared and know from the get-go what is taking place in Zimbabwe.
Chamisa still claims that he was robbed of victory in 2018 when president Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner of the presidential elections. He said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), in connivance with the ruling ZANU PF, manipulated electoral results in favour of Mnangagwa.
The matter was taken to court where Chamisa failed to prove his allegations.
Among other allegations, the ruling party is accused of using ghost voters, vote-buying, voter intimidation and ballot-box stuffing.