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votes verification process begins
The Standard (Zimbabwe)
July 21, 2013
of the special votes by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)
continued yesterday and was expected to be completed by end of day.
ZEC officials yesterday
however, said sorting of the ballots in accordance with their destination
would take longer.
The team on Friday battled
to finish their work and only wrapped up for the day in the early
hours of yesterday.
By lunchtime yesterday,
boxes from Harare, Bulawayo, Masvingo, Manicaland, Mashonaland (East,
North, Central) and Matabeleland had been opened. A total of 4 108
votes were recorded, while 398 ballots were unclaimed.
Meanwhile, some observers
were keen to know what would happen to unclaimed ballots.
A ZEC official said they
would be destroyed after the elections.
ballots will not be opened but will be destroyed after the election.
For some reason, these were not opened at their respective stations.
It could be that they arrived late,” the official told observers
at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) yesterday.
ZEC chief elections officer,
Lovemore Sekeramayi on Friday said the process had gone well.
He said it was impossible
to rig elections under such a transparent process.
ZEC however, has received
wide criticism for the botched special voting process which resulted
in many failing to vote.
Only about half
of the 69 000 government personnel managed to cast their ballots
in two days under the special voting ahead of the July 31 elections
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