The opposition MDC led by advocate Nelson Chamisa has claimed that the Priscilla Chigumba-led Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is captured. The claims were made after ZEC refused to recount the Lupane By-Elections results.
Posting on Twitter, MDC Secretary-General, Chalton Hende said:
@ZECzim is captured they have just turned down our application for a recount of the Lupane Election result after we had recorded incidences of vote stuffing in some polling stations in Lupane. We asked for the opening of the election materials residue within 48hrs.
Earlier, ZEC had responded to the MDC application to recount the votes saying:
The Commission has received a request from the MDC-A candidate as well as secretary-general of the party for a recount of all Lupane East results (see letters attached).
Section 67A of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13] provides that:
1. “within forty-eight hours after a constituency elections officer has been declared to be duly elected… Any political party or candidate that contested the election in the constituency concerned may request the Commission to conduct a recount of votes in one or more of the polling stations in the ward or constituency.
2. A request in terms of subsection (1) shall-
a) Be in writing, signed by an appropriate representative of the political party or candidate making the request; and
b) State specifically the number of votes believed to have been miscounted, and if possible, how the miscount may have occurred; and
C) State how the results of the election have been affected by the alleged miscount”.
The Constituency Elections Officer declared the results of the by-election at 09:27hours on the 4th of August 2019. The Commission received the request for the recount at 1100hrs on the 6th of August 2019, a period of 49 hours 33 minutes after the declaration by the Constituency Elections Officer. On that score, it is my opinion that the request has been received out of the time of the prescribed 48-hour period.