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voting system rig proof - ZEC
Vieira, The Independent (Zimbabwe)
July 09, 2013
Electoral Commission (Zec) on Tuesday re-assured political parties
that there would not be rigging
through the controversial special voting system, amidst widespread
belief that the ballots would be tampered with.
At a meeting
with political parties in Harare, Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau
said the electoral body had put in place mechanisms that would ensure
that the ballots after special voting would not be tampered with.
taking place this weekend on July 14 and July 15 is a system under
which persons, who would be unable to vote on polling day on July
31 because they will be performing other duties, vote in advance.
raised concerns of vote rigging through that system, but Makarau
assured them they had put in place a system that safeguarded against
against abuse of the special voting facility, Zec said each individual
wanting to be regarded as a special voter had to produce a certificate
from the chief elections officer or commanding officer of a disciplined
force stating that the applicant will be deployed to carry out duties
on the election day away from the ward in which they are registered
as a voter.
She said the
names of those people who vote this weekend would be crossed out
of the ward-based voters roll.
are transported from polling stations to the chief elections officer
and thereafter to the ward in tamper-proof envelops that will be
sealed in the presence of election agents who are entitled to sign
on the seal,” she said.
said political party agents are entitled to be present when the
tamper-proof envelopes are opened.
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