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Police approve NERA protests

by Staff Reporter
21 Mar 2017 at 03:58hrs | Views
National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) planned demonstration  Wednesday against the government's decision to take over the procurement of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits ahead  2018 polls will go ahead.

Police approved the protests on Monday after a marathon.
Nera executive member and MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora said they would engage the police again today to finalise the route to be taken.
"The demonstration is going ahead. The police have not banned it, but the route is going to slightly change. We will meet at Freedom Square and we will address people on the standard of behaviour to be expected so that there would be no looting and hooliganism.
"That is what we undertook to do. The most important thing is that it is going ahead and that for the first time police have not banned our demonstration. We still had an option of going to court if they had banned us" said Mwonzora.
Past demonstrations turned  Harare  into a war zone as protesters fought running battles with police officers who were trying to stop them.
 Nera denied responsibility for the violent elements that hijacked the demonstration.


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