Lovemore Lubinda

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) Secretary General, Douglas Mwonzora has called for unity of purposes to address the issue of electoral reforms in the country which has rendered the political playing field uneven.

Speaking at the sidelines of a committee meeting reviewing progress done so far to come up with terms that will help monitor the 2018 national elections, Mwonzora said it is rather better to engage Zimbabwe Elections Commission (Zec)  to ensure the credibility of the vote.

“I am happy opposition political parties are coming together to engage Zec rather than confront it,” said the Mwonzora.

“This process ensures the principle of equality that does not look at the size of the party, history, political age of the party. It is about issues,” added Mwonzora.

Mwonzora’s MDC-T party has been blamed by minor opposition parties at playing the big brother mentality and were frustrating efforts of the opposition to unite

The issue of electoral reform has become contentious, with opposition political parties declaring that electoral reforms should be the bases for, free and fair elections. Some of the contentious issues have been the adequacy of constituences and the suitability of polling stations, the need for adequate voter education, the inclusivity of disadvantaged groups such as the disabled persons.

Over the years Mugabe had been able to ride on the confusion in the opposition camps, who split the votes by failing to come together at his benefit. While talks of the need for electoral reforms cannot be downplayed, it has been identified that politics is a game of numbers hence calls a united effort.