Zimbabwe's opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, who will face incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa in general elections scheduled for the coming months, but whose date has yet to be announced, expressed his impatience on Tuesday.
President Mnangagwa had promised to unveil over the weekend the date of the parliamentary and presidential elections, which remained unknown on Tuesday. The president's spokesman told reporters Monday that the date would be announced "in due course."
Opponents removed from the lists
Emmerson Mnangagwa maintains the opacity on the dates of the election. People have to organize, some ask for days off, others in the diaspora have to come back, "said Nelson Chamisa, going to check his registration on the electoral lists in his constituency of the capital Harare. According to the country's electoral law, the date of the elections must be announced 90 days before the election.
Nelson Chamisa's party, the Citizens' Coalition for Change (CCC), on Monday denounced "serious anomalies" in voter registration. Some opponents complained that they had been removed from the lists, others found that they had been registered in offices far from those where they were usually registered. According to them, hundreds of Zimbabweans are in the same situation.
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The opposition questioned the government's desire to organise a "fair and credible" election and spoke of a "deliberate" attempt to eliminate all opposition at the ballot box. The electoral commission said it was "in the process of correcting all the mistakes".
For months, the CCC has accused Zanu-PF of repression. Meetings were obstructed and officials arrested. In 2018, Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly won the presidential election (50.8%) in an election marked by violence.