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Why It Matters To Vote In The March By-elections - Magaisa

Why It Matters To Vote In The March By-elections - Magaisa

Alex Tawanda Magaisa, a former Chief of Staff in the office of a former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, the late Morgan Tsvangirai, has urged Zimbabweans to vote in the by-elections pencilled for 26 March.

Magaisa, a Law lecturer in the United Kingdom, observed that by-elections have often been taken for granted in Zimbabwe compared to general elections.

In his Big Saturday Read (BSR) published on Saturday 5 February 2022, Magaisa that trend has in the past aided the ZANU PF government to rig elections. Pindula News presents an extract from Magaisa’s BSR:

By-elections traditionally draw a lower voter turnout than general elections. This is the biggest challenge that the CCC faces in the forthcoming by-elections. Its opponents are keen to discourage voters by planting information that is designed to frustrate them into not bothering to go to the polls. When they say the MPs will still be recalled, they are essentially communicating that voting is a pointless exercise. They realized that their plan to confuse voters by grabbing the MDC Alliance name came to naught when the CCC adopted a new name. The next strategy is to manufacture yet more confusion over it. However, citizens must remain steadfast and vote in large numbers in the by-elections.

The first reason is that the by-elections present an opportunity for citizens to correct the democratic anomaly caused by a small group of individuals who were driven by vindictiveness to subvert and undermine the will of the people. When people voted in 2018, they believed they were voting for the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa. It never occurred to them that someone else, let alone a rival like Thokozani Khupe or Douglas Mwonzora would wield the power to remove their elected representatives. The unjust removal of MPs left several constituencies, provinces, and wards without representation. The people know that these removals would not have been possible without the connivance of the ZANU PF regime which was hell-bent on destroying the main opposition. This is an opportunity for citizens to correct the state-engineered anomaly but also to present a vote of confidence to ZANU PF’s surrogates.

Magaisa added that the by-elections are an opportunity for citizens to participate in the democratic process from which they have so far been excluded.

He said the law does not provide for the consultation of the electorate when a party decides to recall a member thereby robbing the citizens of a chance to participate in a democratic process but the by-elections give them a chance to be heard.

He added that the 26 March by-elections are a chance for the electorate to punish political elites who have wasted taxpayers’ money through unnecessary recalls. 

Magaisa also said the fourth reason is that an overwhelming vote in the by-elections will represent a vote against the creeping judicialization of politics adding that political elites are now growing a tendency to rely on judges to decide purely political questions. 

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7 Comments

Nkust 3 months ago

Problem Magaisa ndeyekuti ndichano voter asi kana party yahwinha uchaona vachidana iwe uri ku Kent kuzoshandira gvnt ini ndirimuno uye ndakuvhoterai mwana wangu oshaya kana passport zvayo kuti agofamba samalaicha zvayo, politics so


Tito weZanu, 3 months ago

Manje vapfana vaChamisa vanovhotera PA Twitter kuballot havawanikwe kkkkk


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 3 months ago

I AGREE WITH THE KENT UNIVERSITY LAW LECTURER, TAWANDA ALEX MAGAISA, THAT NORMALLY BYELECTIONS ARE NOT VOTER PULLERS.

I HAVE BEEN SUPERVISING AND ATTENDING TO MOST ELECTIONS SINCE 1980. BYELECTIONS HAVE BEEN ATTRACTING VERY FEW VOTERS. LET ME ASSURE THE KENT LAWYER LECTURER THAT THIS TIME THINGS HAVE CHANGED. PEOPLE NOW WANT REAL CHANGE.

IN THE PAST WE HAD NO SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS. SOME POLITICAL PARTIES TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THIS. THEY USED POLICE AND THEIR POLITICAL HOOLIGANS TO FRUSTRATE OTHER PARTIES CAMPAIGN SESSIONS.

CITIZENS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE ANGRY. SOME POLITICAL PARTIES ARE GOING TO FEEL RUNNING STOMACHS.

SOME POLITICAL LEADERS ARE FEIGNING NO KNOWLEDGE OF "A SMALL POLITICAL PARTY" WHICH WAS FORMED CALLED CCC. SUCH LEADERS MUST WAIT FOR 26 MARCH 2022. THEY ARE GOING TO BE RUDELY AWAKENED UP.

YOURS FAITHFULLY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


zvimbazi 3 months ago

Vote for C💛C💛C


Muchena Washe 3 months ago

Doug haawani kana one ward kana constituent


Muchena Washe 3 months ago

Vote for CCC


Jinn 3 months ago

Yeah that's true Mr Magaisa citizens must remain steadfast and vote in large numbers in the by-elections.Sifuna iChange sesikhathele ngokuyi revolutionary party kwamasimba



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