ZEC boss Priscilla Chigumba has lashed out at MDC MPs for demonstrating against her saying they were merely posturing.

"People are entitled to their opinions and are free to demonstrate as the constitution allows for freedom of expression. However, it is worrying to observe that some people still believe that their party’s victory was stolen by the commission despite due process being followed.

The commission is convinced that it had strongly rebuffed evidence to the allegations raised by the applicant, who unfortunately, could not back up his claim to the satisfaction of the Constitutional Court.

 It was not justified and I am convinced that they know the truth and are aware that the elections were professionally conducted in accordance with the laws of the country.

Their behaviour can best be explained as political posturing meant to ingratiate themselves with their supporters for reasons best known to them. Our conscience is clear. As I said, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and expression.

However, I think it is grossly unfair to hurl unsubstantiated accusations at someone under the guise of exercising freedom of expression. Every public official will inevitably be subjected to scrutiny about the manner in which they discharge their duties.

To a certain extent, public officials’ conduct must be beyond reproach. However, I hold the considered view that there is an invisible line which must never be crossed.

Unfortunately, it was crossed not for purposes of achieving any positive outcome, but purely to feed misogynistic prejudices and to maliciously distort a well-managed process and its outcome by sore losers.

The social media was used to peddle falsehoods, hatred and threats on a fellow commissioner and on my person. However, I was not physically harmed by anyone."
She was speaking to the Standard.