Tsvangirai Sticks To Poll Boycott Stance

THE MDC-T national executive committee and national council on Friday endorsed the party’s position to boycott the June 10 by-elections occasioned by the recall of 21 MDC Renewal MPs last month. 

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai told journalists on Friday nightafter a national council meeting that the main opposition party would not participate in any future elections until the government introduced reforms to ensure that elections are free and fair.

He said the recently held by-elections in Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe and Mt Darwin West proved that an environment of intimidation still existed in the country.

“Reforms must precede any elections in Zimbabwe,” he said. “The recent by-elections were held in a shambolic manner.”

Tsvangirai called on President Robert Mugabe as the chairman of Sadc and the African Union to behave in a manner which upholds the values propounded by the regional bodies.

He said the MDC-T would play its part in mobilising people to force the government to resolve the economic and political crisis in the country.

Political analysts argue that MDC-T failure to contest in the elections will open hitherto opposition spaces to Zanu PF particularly seats in Harare and Bulawayo.

MDC-T has controlled the parliamentary seats in Harare and Bulawayo metropolitan provinces since 2000.
In the July 2013 general elections it won all 13 seats in Bulawayo and 24 out of 29 in Harare.