The Zimbabwe Republic Police, 2018 Harmonised Elections Commander, Senior Assistant Commissioner Erasmus Makodza has reiterated His Excellency, President Emerson Mnangagwa’s call of ‘no to violence’ during this year’s  elections.

Addressing the journalists at Police General Headquarters recently, SAC Makodza warned political parties to desist from engaging in political violence when they hold their primary and during the harmonised elections.

“Any form of violence, threats, harassment of voters or rival contenders will certainly be dealt with in terms of the country’s law. Adequate security provisions have been put in place by the police to ensure primary and harmonised elections are held in a peaceful environment,” said SAC Makodza.

He added that ZRP will lobby the judiciary to deny bail to all suspects of political motivated cases as a deterrent measure to would be perpetrators. Already the judiciary in liaison with police and other stakeholders has set up special courts throughout the country that will deal speedily with politically motivated crimes.

The Commissioner General of Police, on the other hand, has also set up teams of experienced investigators in all provinces to expedite the investigation and compilation of dockets for prosecution, in line with Section 133 (h) of the Electoral Act, Chapter 2:13.

President Mnangagwa is on record saying that this year’s elections shall be held in a peaceful, free, fair and transparent environment. As such, various institutions and countries, which include the European Union, United Nations, etc, have been allowed to come and observe Zimbabwe’s elections.

Some of the prohibited practices under the Electoral Act include; threatening or inflicting bodily injury to another person, compelling a person to attend or participate in a political rally, abduction, obstructing a political party or candidate to campaign in an area among others.

The Chief Staff officer Press & Public Relations, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba also told the journalists that there would be no sacred cows as police will not consider anyone’s political affiliation, colour, status, gender or standing in dealing with perpetrators of violence.

SAC Makodza urged the media to report objectively and factual all the events before, during and after the elections. In the previous elections, the media has often been polarised and accused of peddling hate speech and falsehoods.

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