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ZESN calls on ZEC to announce list of polling stations ahead of
Election Support Network
July 26, 2013
With a few days
left to the harmonised
elections, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) is appealing
to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to publish the final
list of polling stations ahead of the polls to enable party agents
and observer groups to deploy. ZESN urges ZEC to release the final
list in advance in case there are additional polling stations or
any changes to the initial polling station list. This would ensure
there is sufficient time for the deployment of party agents and
observers to the new polling stations.
At a briefing
for international, regional and local observers on Wednesday, 24
July, ZEC announced that the final list of polling stations would
be published on the actual polling day. While ZESN commends ZEC
for being aware of the concerns raised after the March,
16 Referendum on the inadequacy of polling stations in highly
populated areas, ZESN is concerned that the initial list published
did not address some of the problems noted during the referendum.
For example, Epworth, Ward 7 according to the 2012 Census has a
population of 39,031 people. ZESN estimates there are 22,638 eligible
voters in the ward. However, for the 2013 Constitutional Referendum
there was only one polling station in Epworth Ward 7.
appeals to ZEC to release the list of polling stations in advance
as part of international good practice and, in order to enhance
transparency and accountability of the whole electoral process.
ZESN is concerned that the last minute publishing of polling stations
provides limited time for interventions on the adequacy and accessibility
of polling stations. We note that the final list will be published
in the print media. However, ZESN is concerned that there is no
guarantee every voter will have access to the newspapers to access
the final list of the polling stations.
ZEC to release the final list in advance in the spirit of promoting
transparency, credibility and the smooth running of the elections
as this is also in line with good international practices”,
said ZESN Chairperson, Dr Solomon Zwana.
encourages ZEC to ensure that polling stations are adequate to avoid
long queues that may discourage potential voters from voting. ZEC
should distribute the polling stations based on demand and the potential
number of voters in each ward.
ZESN calls upon
ZEC to seriously take all concerns raised to ensure the credibility
of the impending harmonised election and to ensure that every voter
has adequate information about where to cast their vote in good
time. ZESN urges ZEC to ensure that there are adequate polling stations
to ensure that all eligible are processed timeously. ZESN remains
committed to promoting a free and fair election in Zimbabwe.
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