ZANU PF is expected to romp to victory in today’s two by-elections in Mt Darwin and Chirumanzu-Zibagwe constituencies amid fears by little-known participating opposition political parties that the playing field is not level.
The two seats became vacant following the elevation of Vice-President Emerson Mnangagwa and former VP Joice Mujuru who was, however, later ousted from the party.
The MDC-T and MDC-Renewal team have vowed never to participate in any election until there are electoral reforms that would level the playing field, leaving Zanu PF to contest with smaller parties whose winning chances are slim.
Zanu PF faces Transform Zimbabwe, a new opposition political party and the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA).
The two parties cried foul yesterday saying the playing field was uneven and accused Zanu PF of playing dirty to ensure victory in today’s polls.
NCA national spokesperson Madock Chivasa said Zanu PF was still employing dirty tactics — removing their party campaign material and intimidating people.
“They are taking off our posters and we were denied equal access on television and radio stations as per requirements,” he said.
“There have been no reports of violence yet, but we are concerned by the level of intolerance where we have seen our posters being pulled off.”