Zim Council of Churches next in line in condemning elections
MASVINGO – The Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC), the biggest gathering of churches in Zimbabwe is the next in line in castigating the just ended harmonized elections as not being free and fair.
It also called upon the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to release verifiable and auditable election results.
In a statement released on Wednesday, ZCCC which brings together the largest churches like the Methodist Church, Anglican Church, Baptist Church, Evangelical churches, Salvation Army said that the elections “fell significantly short of the elections we wanted and prayed for”.
“We reiterate the call for ZEC to be fully transparent and release results that are verifiable and auditable. This is important because it is in the law and it enhances people’s trust and confidence,” reads the statement.
The statement castigated the delays in the opening of polling stations, shortages of voting material, coercion of voters, intimidation, names missing from the voters’ role and electoral disinformation.
The churches also expressed grave concern at the role that the Zanu PF affiliated FAZ played in the whole electoral process. ZCC said the rigging process started a long way back beginning with delimitation and nomination court processes.
The statement hailed Zimbabweans for holding the elections in peace.