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owns up to electoral irregularities
Xolisani Ncube, Wendy Muperi and Bridget Mananavire,
July 30, 2013
Commission (Zec) is yet to remove police
officers who voted during the special vote on July 14 and 15.
This emerged after observers
asked Zec officials at a press briefing yesterday when names of
police officers and Zec officials who participated in the two-day
special vote will be deleted.
In response, Zec commissioner,
Theophelous Gambe said the commission has since dispatched the voter
register to polling stations for those who voted in the chaotic
special vote in a bid to avoid double voting come July 31.
“We have already
dispatched the register to all polling stations,” he said.
The commission also admitted
to duplicating ballot papers.
Zec chairperson Rita
Makarau said the ballots had been duplicated by “mistake”.
“Yes we used the
same serial numbers we used in the special votes, the serialisation
was done by our printers, but we want to assure you that those ballots
will not be used in the harmonised election,” Makarau said.
“I want to tell
you that our printing was done by two main printers, presidential,
Fidelity, National Assembly done by Fidelity while local authority
was done by Printflow. During the printing, it emerged that Printflow
had challenges in numbering ballots, thus they subcontracted police
printers, but only the numbering was done by police printers,”
Zec said they printed
35 percent more ballot papers than needed to cover for mistakes
and that “each and every ballot will be accounted for.”
A total of 8.7 million ballots were printed against 6.4 million
“35 percent is
a large number, but it’s our duty to account for each and
every ballot, all 8,7 million ballots will be accounted for, that
is what will make for a fair election,” Makarau said.
The commission however,
shielded the registrar general Tobaiwa Mudede from answering questions
over the unavailability of the voters’ roll.
Meanwhile, the MDC has
alleged that voter registration is still surreptitiously ongoing.
Tendai Biti told a news conference at Harvest House that one of
the reasons why the Zec was not availing the final voters’
roll was because voter registration was still underway.
“We have people
who are prepared to swear on affidavits to the effect that voter
registration is still taking place in some areas,” Biti said.
“We wrote to Zec
on Friday and brought to their attention the on-going voter registration
exercise at places like Manresa, Harare East and Mash West and so
on. We have not received any response from Zec.”
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