CCC rejects Zanu PF rural stronghold claims, vows poll clean sweep

HARARE – Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) has played down claims the country’s political landscape favoured a Zanu PF poll victory, insisting it will push campaigns right into enemy territory with eyes transfixed on clinching a two thirds majority.

Zimbabwe heads for high stakes elections in the second half of the year.

The election preparatory stage has however been marred by haggling among the country’s political protagonists over the boundaries’ delimitation report and the late gazetting of the crucial document by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

In its analysis of the report, local thinktank, Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI), said the poll document tilted the scales towards a possible Zanu PF two-thirds majority.

ZDI said ZEC violated section 161 (6) of the constitution by deliberately using the 2007/8 total seats per province as a basis to developing the 2023 framework for allocating constituencies.

But in an address to the media in Harare Wednesday, CCC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere dismissed assertions Zanu PF controlled rural areas.

She vowed the Nelson Chamisa led opposition shall put up a strong campaign in all parts of the country to win the poll.

“As the CCC, we are taking no voter and constituency for granted. We don’t accept that there is a constituency that already belongs to Zanu PF,” Mahere said.

“We are going to ensure that no stone is left unturned, mobilising and campaigning even in the deepest and furthest rural communities of Zimbabwe.

“We are going to ensure we mobilise in every village, street, every town, city and province in Zimbabwe.

“Our goal is to win big this year and part of that goal includes a landslide in the presidential election, a two thirds majority in parliament, clean sweeps in urban municipalities and also a majority in rural district councils.”

The opposition is still analysing the final delimitation report gazetted Monday outside the 14-day deadline prescribed by the constitution.

It is yet to issue a formal response to the controversial report.

Mahere urged ZEC to release the voters’ roll, accusing the electoral body of being scandalous after producing the final delimitation report without the voters’ roll.

“You know it’s a scandal that we don’t have the source documents that led to the delimitation report at hand.

“Citizens have a right to the voters’ roll and the final census which they used as the basis of their delimitation report.

“This is the only way we can check that there has been no illegal gerrymandering and malapportionment of constituencies,” she said.

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