‘The elections were designed to be chaotic,’ says rights lawyer as vote counting begins in Zimbabwe

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Human Rights Lawyers in Zimbabwe are calling on SADC leaders to ensure regional stability by forcing the Zimbabwean government to adhere to its constitution as well as the regional standard for elections.

The call comes after the elections, which have been marred by delays, claims of intimidation and voter rigging, were extended by a day.

YNews caught up with Human Rights Lawyer and Activist, Doug Coltart, who slammed the country’s ruling party for deploying its members outside voting stations in some parts of the country.

It’s a move he’s described as deliberate intimidation by the members of ZANU-PF.

The activist has urged regional leaders to step in to ensure prosperity not just for Zimbabwe, but for the entire southern African region.

As vote counting got underway in some parts of Zimbabwe, Coltart slammed the electoral process as having being the most illegal in the country’s history.

He says the elections were deliberately designed to be chaotic.

Coltart says despite the controversy shrouding Zimbabwe’s Presidential elections, he remains hopeful that the opposition may yet emerge victorious. Article Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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