By Centre News Reporter
Four aspiring councilors representing Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) in the upcoming March 26 by-elections for Masvingo Urban have written to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), complaining about the uneven campaign ground in Masvingo.
The four; Rocky Kamuzonda (ward 3), Aleck Tabe (ward 4), Daniel Mberikunashe (ward 5) and Richard Musekiwa wrote to ZEC Masvingo Provincial Elections Officer (PEO), Zex Pudurai accusing authorities of treating them unfairly.
In a letter seen by Centre News, chief to their concerns, the candidates bemoaned ‘selective’ application of the law by police during this campaign period.
“Police are responding to calls from other candidates hindering campaign process of other candidates responding to police calls and needs. We are not allowed as Citizens Coalition for Change to use public address systems during the campaign period but Zanu PF candidates are doing so,” reads part of the letter.
The quartet’s letter has been viewed as a response to the recent arrest of Ward 3 candidate Kamuzonda on Saturday together with members of his campaign team whilst doing a door to door campaign.
Further, they implored ZEC to engage the police and address their concerns as a matter of urgency since elections are around the corner.
“The above issues needs address NOW because we only remain with two weeks to campaign. Hence in these two weeks it’s possible we can be arrested for doing campaigns in our wards that are legal constitutional and in respect of the Electoral Act.
“We desire that you address this with the police and also get response in writing for future purposes,” it further reads.
CCC candidates have been finding it hard to campaign freely due to alleged intimidation and fear of arrest by the police.
Centre News is also informed that some CCC officials today had a meeting with ZEC officials.
Inside sources who attended the meeting said police representatives at the meeting advised CCC to inform them on time but CCC party officials maintained their stance that of late there has been selective application of the law.
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