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000 police officers apply for special vote
Feluna Nleya/Wonai Masvingise, NewsDay
July 09, 2013
Electoral Commission (Zec) yesterday disclosed that about 70 000
police officers had requested to be considered as special voters
contrary to claims by national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner
Charity Charamba that 50 000 police officers had been registered.
media briefing in Harare, Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau said
they had issued 120 000 forms for applications for special voting
to be conducted on July 14 and 15, adding that Treasury has already
released $11 million for the exercise.
120 000 forms, we issued 70 000 to the ZRP (Zimbabwe Republic Police),
44 000 to Zec, 3087 to the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) and 2 000
to the Zimbabwe Prison Service (ZPS),” she said.
the forms we issued out we received 69 222 from the ZRP, 15 954
forms from Zec, 140 from ZNA and 2 000 from ZPS.”
week told NewsDay that the police force had registered 50 000 police
officers as special voters ahead of the July 31 poll.
Republic Police has registered 50 000 police officers as special
voters since they will be deployed in various polling stations away
from their workstations. This is according to Section 81 of the
Chapter 2:13,” Charamba said.
regular members will be augmented by police constabulary members
as according to the Police Act, Chapter 27 (3) police constabulary
members may be employed to assist regular members of the force on
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai last week told Zec that his party
had unearthed a massive scam where Zanu-PF allegedly plotted
to rig the forthcoming harmonised elections using State security
co-minister Theresa Makone said she was concerned since Zimbabwe
only had some 38 000 police officers and queried where an additional
12 000 were coming from.
added that the applications for special votes would be vetted to
weed out undeserving elements.
applications we have received, we have to look at each and every
application and it has to be verified. We want to know if it is
a ZRP member, they should have their identity number and an EC (employment
code) number to show that they are in the force,” Makarau
of the forms will be rejected because they will be incomplete. We
also take the forms to see if the person is on the voters’
roll. If they are on the voters’ roll, then it is processed.
If they are not, their application will not be processed, it will
be rejected.” The Zec boss said 209 polling stations had been
identified for the special voting exercise, adding these would be
located outside army barracks and police camps.
On postal voting,
Justice Makarau said Zec has received 262 forms from the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs.
has added more voter registration teams in Epworth, Chitungwiza,
Mt Darwin, Mazowe, Bulawayo, Masvingo, Chiredzi, Mutare, Chipinge,
Makoni and Mutasa following complaints that there were few registration
centres in those areas.
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