Zicosu, YardSC challenge election results
Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (Zicosu) and Youth Advocacy for Reform and
Development Students Congress (YardSC) have challenged the outcome of the
recent Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) Students Representative Council (SRC)
elections, held on May 09, were won by the Zimbabwe National Students Union
(Zinasu) but the other two rivals want the election results nullified.
the elections, Zinasu clinched seven strategic posts including the presidency
post and the secretary general’s post but Zicosu and YardSC claim the elections
were held under conditions that were not free, fair and transparent.
petition filed to the Electoral Supervisory Council (ESC) by candidates of the
aggrieved unions claims that Schedule ‘A’ section 1.2 of the constitution,
which calls for the use of modern voting methods to ensure transparency, was
is upon our view that the constitution was disregarded since the elections did
not safeguard transparent and tenets of democracy. All polling stations at city
campus ran out of ballot papers and also at Robert Mugabe School only few
students voted. At down town polling station 209, students casted their votes
as per the voters roll but 298 where found in ballot boxes,” reads part of the
petition also claims that the polls were marred by intimidation of voters and
agents at such polling stations as the Robert Mugabe School of Education.
aggrieved camps claim the ESC denied many students their right to vote due to
the shortage of material.
allege that ballot paper inspection was never done before elections and the
quantity and quality of the ballot papers were not known to the candidates.
ESC has disagreed claims that the polls were not done in good faith and were
contested under protest. It has, however, agreed that the loser have a genuine
case in their questions regarding the freeness and fairness of elections.
Vice Chancellor, Professor Rungano Zvabgo had not made a decision by the time
of writing but some students have warned against nullifications of the results.
know that the leadership of the university supports Zicosu which is associated
with Zanu PF. Let them not dare nullify the results as they did in 2016 when
they lost because this time around, the university will be ungovernable,” said
nullified the 2016 polls citing many irregularities but the move was criticised
by some as a ploy to rescue Zicosu which had suffered heavy losses.
national political level, Zinasu is aligned to opposition MDC politics.
in the just ended SRC elections
president…. Tapiwa Takavarasha Kunyanya
General….Chrispen Matose Zinasu
of Information….Forward Chaibva Zinasu
of transport….Kudakwashe Muchini
of Legal Affairs….Anesu Manyimo Zinasu
of Academic Affairs….Wadzanai Nyakudya
Social Welfare….Rosemary Rusere Zinasu
of Entertainment…. Zambuko