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THE opposition MDC-T party has challenged Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) boss Justice Rita Makarau and her team to resign in protest against Zanu PF “wicked and malevolent attempts to rope them into the ruling party’s factional wars”.

President Robert Mugabe recently decreed that by-elections must be held on March 27 in the Mt. Darwin West and Chirumanzu-Zibagwe constituencies which fell vacant following the dismissal of former vice president Joice Mujuru and her replacement by Emmerson Mnangagwa.

But the MDC-T said Mugabe’s proclamation was illegal, adding that the national election agency was not ready to conduct any polls.

“ZEC has not yet been legislatively empowered to undertake a holistic and broad-based national voter registration exercise that will enable it to fulfil its constitutional obligation of running free, fair and credible elections,” the MDC-T said in a statement Thursday.

“To this very date, ZEC has hopelessly failed to carry out a meaningful, transparent and effective voter registration exercise in the country.

“More particularly, ZEC lacks adequate human, material and financial resources to undertake any form of a voter registration program not only in these two constituencies but indeed, throughout the length and breadth of Zimbabwe.”

The party added: “ZEC is critically under-staffed and financially ill-equipped to conduct elections that will pass the test of legitimacy.

“Why then is the Zanu PF regime rushing to conduct by-elections in these two constituencies at a time when everything is pointing to the holding of a sham election?

“Why should ZEC be misused and abused in order to take part in the dirty and retrogressive Zanu PF factional wars?”

To protect their integrity, ZEC commissioners should resign en masse to demonstrate their “disgust and contempt at the wicked and malevolent attempts to rope them into the messy Zanu PF factional war.”

“People with a conscience and who are patriotic should not allow their names and personal dignity to be permanently soiled by purporting to conduct elections whose results are pre – determined,” the MDC-T said.

“The time has now come for all peace-loving, decent and patriotic Zimbabweans to take a bold stand and send out a clear message that the political and socio-economic decay in the country has to be stopped.”

Source : New Zimbabwe