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FORMER Hurungwe West MP Themba Mliswa, who lost the just ended by-elections, is set to challenge the results in court, saying the polls were marred by irregularities.

During a press conference in Harare Monday, Mliswa said he disputes the results in which Keith Guzah of Zanu P won 5,961 votes against his 4,239 votes.

Mliswa was contesting as an independent candidate after he was booted out of the ruling party this year.

He described the by-election as a sad event, saying manipulation of the electoral processes was an indictment of democracy and the will of the people.

He said he would not contest local elections in the near future but would, instead, work to bring electoral reforms needed to bring fairness in the voting system.

“I am challenging this result in which the conditions were far from ideal minimum conditions required for holding a free, fair and credible election.

“I hope the judge who is going to preside over the issue will be professional enough in delivering his duties,” said Mliswa.

He said the only way to a successful election in the future was to educate the youths especially those from colleges and universities.

“Youths are not involved in the country’s activities but they should because they are the future of Zimbabwe.

“I see myself as a national leader and I think the only way to avoid such irregularities in elections is to educate the youths about the electoral processes.”

Mliswa said more than 4,000 voters were suspiciously turned away in Hurungwe West constituency adding most of these were youths who were not on the voters roll.

He said out of the 24 meetings he had applied to convene prior to the election, only 8 were approved by the police.

He added that over 150 people were assaulted while soldiers were deployed around the constituency in areas like Chiedza, Sengwe, Matau, Masanga and Karambanzungu.

“My agents (24) were detained at some polling stations and some were attacked but reports to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and police did not change the situation as nothing was done,” he said.

He accused ZEC of not being responsible enough, “as it has a tendency of directing pertinent issues to other institutions which are of no relevance to the electoral processes,” Mliswa added.

Mliswa revealed that at Magororo polling station (Ward 15) people were forced to chant Zanu PF slogans and sing revolutionary songs.

The former legislator said at one polling station a chief came and sat as a polling agent saying he wanted to see what was happening on his land.

The June 10 by-elections saw Zanu PF winning all the 16 constituencies after main rival MDC-T boycotted the election citing polling conditions.

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has called for electoral reforms, insisitng his partywould not contest any polls until the changes are implemented.

Source : New Zimbabwe