THE NATIONAL Constitutional Assembly (NCA) has said the MDC-T has no basis for challenging last Wednesday’s election results, saying political parties participated voluntarily.
NCA chairperson Lovemore Madhuku said his organisation urges losers to concede defeat and take the country out of the “permanent election mode” it has been in for several years now.
“The NCA notes with satisfaction the peaceful atmosphere that characterised the period before, during and after the elections,” he said in a statement.
“All Zimbabweans have a responsibility to nurture this peaceful environment and desist from any actions which may directly or indirectly interfere with the peace prevailing in the country.”
Madhuku, who vigorously de-campaigned the new Constitution at a referendum in March, said the new charter provided an insufficient framework for fair, transparent and credible elections.
“It is well known that the political parties in the inclusive government united in their campaign for a Yes, vote and hoodwinked the public,” he said.
“It is the NCA’s firm view that the complaints raised against the July 31 poll by the losers do not raise anything new and cannot be used as a basis for rejecting the results of an election in which they participated voluntarily,” he said.
“It is not desirable to encourage a state of affairs in our country where political parties participate in an election with only two scenarios; either winning or disputing the result.
“Losing must always be one of the scenarios. In the circumstances of this particular election, the complaints must be taken into account for the next elections and for the reform agenda, which remains very much incomplete.”
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of MDC-T had indicated that they will approach the courts to seek legal recourse on elections, which he alleges were rigged.
Madhuku commended the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission “for discharging its responsibilities diligently despite the severe constraints it faced”.