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elections lack transparency
July 26, 2013
A German embassy
counsellor Peter Primus says the electoral processes leading up
to next week’s harmonised
polls lack transparency.
In an interview
with NewsDay early this week, Primus said lack of clarity was putting
the holding of free and fair elections in doubt.
very unclear. On the surface it looks OK. There is a lot of rushing
and a lot of unclarified issues. We have some voters who were disenfranchised
in the special voting process. It has not been a perfect start,”
that although he could not outrightly judge on whether the poll
would be free and fair, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)
lacked transparency in its processes.
make a judgment on whether there will be free and fair elections,
but too many things are not clear. It is not transparent enough
and we don’t know what is happening behind closed doors,”
He was, however,
happy that Zec had accredited a lot of observers and that there
had been few incidents of politically-motivated violence reported
happy now we have a lot of observers. We are happy also that that
there has not been many incidents of violence,” he said.
Zec on Tuesday
approached the Constitutional Court seeking an order allowing members
of the uniformed forces that failed to vote during the special voting
process to do so on July 31.
Over 26 000
officers failed to vote as a result of bungling by Zec.
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