Biti said this omission gave room for the ZEC, which ZESN
and the opposition have accused of bias, to manipulate the results in favour of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the ruling ZANU-PF party.
That omission gave room for the electoral commission, which ZESN
and the opposition have accused of bias, to manipulate the results in favour of Mnangagwa and the ZANU-PF party, Biti said.
"Based on the empirical reports from our observers, regardless of the outcome, the credibility of the 2013 Harmonised Elections is seriously compromised by a systematic effort to disenfranchise an estimated million voters," ZESN said in a statement.
"Over 750,000 urban voters were missing on the voters' roll compared to rural voters," ZESN said.
pre-election report, ZESN argued that there were not enough polling
The director of the ZESN was briefly detained by police in
The ZESN, one of the most prominent local monitoring bodies, has claimed that over 99 per cent of eligible voters in rural areas were registered, while only 68 per cent were registered in urban areas.
Similarly, the ZESN has indicated that assisted voting was more marked in rural areas.
has over 7000 observers across Zimbabwe observing the 2013 elections in the country.
But John Nkomo dismissed Matchaba-Hove's remarks, saying the ZESN
was an "MDC-allied group, its top men are all MDC people who would say anything that the MDC wanted them to say".
"It is not sufficient for elections to be peaceful for elections to be credible," ZESN
chairman Solomon Zwana told a news conference.
(32) Police repeatedly raided the offices of both the MDC and ZESN
. Hundreds were arrested in the MDC raids, many of whom had reportedly already suffered attacks in their rural homes and fled to the MDC offices for refuge.