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  • Con Court to rule Friday on ZEC second chance vote application
    Alex Bell, SW Radio Africa
    July 24, 2013

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    Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court will on Friday rule on an application filed by the Electoral Commission (ZEC), which is seeking to allow those who failed to vote during the special vote period, a second chance to participate.

    ZEC, citing ‘logistical challenges’, revealed this week that of the 63,268 people who were authorised to vote during special voting exercise, only about 37,000 managed to vote.

    The exercise, which was marred by late delivery of ballot papers and delays at polling stations, was meant to give all those who will be on duty during the election next week the chance to cast their vote.

    ZEC’s Chairperson Justice Rita Makarau filed the application at the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, amid concern that it does not have the authority to allow this ‘second chance’ voting to take place.

    Constitutional lawyer and Education Minister David Coltart said this week that while every citizen should be allowed to vote, there is a provision in the Electoral Act that stipulates that if a person has applied for a special vote they would not be allowed to vote during the harmonized elections, to prevent double voting.

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