dpm mutambara.jpgDeputy Prime Minister, Professor Arthur Mutambara says it is still premature to talk about conducting elections in 2011 as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is in a bad shape due to lack of adequate resources.

Addressing journalists soon after emerging from a closed door meeting with officials from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Professor Mutambara said a lot still needs to be done to capacitate the electoral body and government must be on the forefront in availing resources so that preparations for the next  elections can commence.

 

Professor Mutambara highlighted that ZEC commissioners emphasized the need for creating a new voters role, an exercise which might take a period of between 12 to 18 months.

 

“How much time is required between now and the next elections, the people of Zimbabwe should stop talking about the next election as the nation is not ready at all. There are a lot of issues that still needs to be put in place for us to have free and fair elections,” said Professor Mutambara.

 

On the issue of alleged power struggles within his party, Professor Mutambara could not be drawn into making a comment.

 

“I’m not interested in commenting on that issue, what we are discussing here is an issue that will drive the nation forward and issues pertaining to my party are irrelevant  at the moment,” added Professor Mutambara.

 

Reports of power struggle in the MDC-M have been awash in the media with speculation that Party Secretary General Professor Welshman Ncube is eyeing the party presidency.