Zimbabwe Election Declared Illegal

*How Mugabe and Zanu PF Rigged the 2013 Zimbabwe Vote

The Movement for Democratic Change says the July 31 election was illegal and should be nullified.

An MDC dossier obtained exclusively by Now Daily, detailing election rigging by Zanu PF, says Presidential decrees made by Robert Mugabe were “null and void” as they were not brought to Parliament as required by law.

“In addition to the unilateral declaration by President Mugabe, the July 31 election was illegal for the reason that it was conducted without an Electoral Act as stipulated by Section 157 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, which states that an Act of Parliament must provide for the conduct of elections and referendums,” the MDC dossier says.

The party argues that Parliament was still in session when Mugabe made proclamations, single-handedly setting election dates and other regulations and these should have been subjected to analysis by the Parliamentary legal committee. Besides, the party of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says, the Constitution states that “it is the prerogative of Parliament to enact laws and as such the legislature cannot abdicate that role to any organ of the state”. The Constitution also says in the event that a Statutory Instrument is used, it should be laid before the National Assembly within a stipulated period and submitted to the Parliamentary Legal Committee for scrutiny.

“As these laid down procedures were not followed when President Mugabe issued Statutory Instruments 85, 86, 87, 88 and 89 of 2013, it renders these statutory instruments null and void, which reinforces the fact that the election was illegal,” the MDC said.

Tsvangirai said in December that the dossier will be presented to SADC, African Union and the United Nations, claiming they endorsed Mugabe and Zanu PF’s ‘victory’ out of ignorance of the gross violations of electoral laws. The MDC calls upon the international bodies to “nullify the result of the July 31 harmonised election as it does not reflect the will of the people of Zimbabwe”.

 

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