Mugabe re-election a fraud – Fedusa
05 August 2013, 17:05
Johannesburg - The re-election of Zimbabwe's President
Robert Mugabe was a fraud and far from being free and fair, union federation
Fedusa said on Monday.
According to its observer at the elections there were
allegations of vote rigging and general administrative injustice, the
Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) said in a statement.
"Firstly we must agree that the Zimbabwean elections of
2013 were peaceful and without obvious intimidation, especially in light of
what happened in 2008. However, we can categorically state that the electoral
processes were not fair."
Fedusa said the voters' roll was only released on Tuesday,
on the eve of the election, and many people who wanted to vote did not appear
on the list.
Fedusa representative Elias Bila formed part of an observer
team deployed by its regional mother body, the Southern African Trade Union
Co-ordination Council (SATUCC). It represents 19 national trade union
federations in 13 Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.
Fedusa said SATUCC deployed 27 observers to six major provinces of Zimbabwe to
observe the elections.
"Many voters who did not appear on the voters' roll
were allowed to register there and then on a separate register, while others
were not," it said.
"Most voting stations did not have basic services like
electricity and many had to count ballots during the night by candlelight. This
felt almost like we were in the previous century."
More worrying were instances where ballot counting was not
done by the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission, but by the Zimbabwean police
service, which was politically aligned to the ruling Zanu-PF party.
"There were obvious things like party agents assisting
illiterate voters with their voting by basically voting on their behalf,
without any questions being asked," Fedusa said.
Many voters were registered to vote at the wrong polling
stations, meaning that they had to travel long distances.
Fedusa estimated that about one million people could have
been affected by these administrative irregularities.
"The fact of the matter is that the Zimbabwean
elections were not free and fair," it said.
"We believe from what we saw on the ground that the
Movement for Democratic Change had a clear majority of votes at the stations,
while it is reported that the Zanu-PF was victorious. This is simply not