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by Staff reporter
05 Jun 2018 at 09:48hrs | Views
POLICE yesterday gave the greenlight for the MDC-T's planned pro-electoral reform demonstration in Harare today, as Zanu-PF activists, who had threatened to counter the opposition party's protest march, backed down under pressure from the law enforcement agents.

The MDC-T said it would, as part of its demonstration, petition the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson, Priscilla Chigumba to reform the electoral playing field and level it before next month's general elections.

In its clearance letter for the MDC-T demonstration, the police ordered that less than five people would be allowed to enter the Zec headquarters to hand over the petition.

"Your notification letter to hold a march on June 5 at Africa Unity Square from 10am to 2:30pm has been noted. The march shall start at Africa Unity Square and then proceed along Jason Moyo [Avenue] to the intersection of Harare Street and Jason Moyo. Less than five people will proceed to hand over a petition at Zimbabwe Electoral Commission," read part of the police letter signed by officer commanding Harare Central, Chief Superintendent Albert Ncube.

"After handing over the petition, you shall proceed along Harare Street turn right into Samora Machel, turn right onto First Street, turn left into Nelson Mandela and back to Africa Unity Square. Please confine your march to the above-stated venue, route and time outlined. Police will monitor," he said, adding police could invoke provisions of section 29 of the Public Order and Security Act (Chapter 11:17) if the MDC-T activists violated the conditions.

Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, MDC-T organising secretary Amos Chibaya said they were planning to petition both Zec and Mnangagwa on their demand for electoral reforms.

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