Joseph Martin
Mon, Aug 28, 2023 2:20 PM

Former APC Deputy Publicity Secretary Condemns Alleged Rigging of Zimbabwean Election

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Former APC Deputy Publicity Secretary Condemns Alleged Rigging of Zimbabwean Election
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has denounced the alleged rigging of the recent presidential election in Zimbabwe by the ruling ZANU-PF party. Frank also criticized the African Union and ECOWAS for their lack of response to the electoral injustice. He warned that such rigging can lead to military coups and violent transitions of power, as the people are denied their right to freely choose their leaders.

Lagos - Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has strongly condemned the alleged rigging of the presidential election in Zimbabwe by the ruling ZANU-PF party. In a statement released in Abuja, he expressed his dismay at the silence of the Heads of State and Governments of the African Union and ECOWAS in the face of electoral injustice.

Frank argued that when elections are rigged, it often paves the way for military coups and violent changes of government due to widespread discontent and frustration of the people, who are denied their right to freely choose their leaders through fraud and force.

The former APC official stressed that Zimbabwe's president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was declared the winner under questionable circumstances. Widespread irregularities, orchestrated by the ruling party, unfairly suppressed votes in opposition strongholds and instilled fear in the electorate.

Frank pointed out that the opposition presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), was allegedly deprived of his rightful votes. This assertion was supported by international observers and the South African Regional body that monitored the election.

According to the foreign poll monitors, the Zimbabwean elections failed to meet regional and international standards, similar to the outcome of Nigeria's presidential election held on February 25, 2023. In the Nigerian election, the ruling party exerted overbearing influence, employed financial inducements, and engaged in intimidation and harassment of the opposition and voters, effectively obstructing the people from making their rightful choice.

The head of the European Union's observer mission also highlighted the "climate of fear" surrounding the Zimbabwean vote. Additionally, the Southern African regional bloc's mission pointed out voting delays, issues with the voter roll, bans on opposition rallies, and biased state media coverage.

The condemnation of electoral fraud in Zimbabwe by Comrade Timi Frank holds great significance in highlighting the need for transparent, fair, and credible elections within the African continent. It exposes the urgent need for the African Union and ECOWAS to take a stronger stance against electoral malpractices to ensure democratic principles and uphold the rights of the people to freely choose their leaders.

It is hoped that the allegations of rigging and electoral injustice in Zimbabwe will be addressed by relevant international bodies, putting pressure on the ruling party to be held accountable for their actions. Only through fair and transparent elections can democracy thrive and the will of the people be respected.

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