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amends electoral laws
March 18, 2008
Harare - Zimbabwe
President Robert Mugabe has amended electoral
laws to allow policemen into polling stations later this month
to "assist" illiterate people to vote, state radio said
The amendment, which
was published as a presidential proclamation on Monday, comes less
than two weeks ahead of make-or-break polls on March 29.
The amendment appears
to backtrack on changes agreed at recently during South African-brokered
talks that restricted police from doubling up as election officers.
Under the electoral laws,
police were not to be allowed within 100 metres of a polling station
to avoid intimidating voters.
"Section 59 of the
act has also been amended and will allow two electoral officers
and a police officer on duty to assist semi- literate voters,"
the radio quoted part of the presidential proclamation as saying.
Voters who are "physically
incapacitated" will also be assisted to vote by two electoral
officials and a policeman, the report said. The radio did not say
why the laws had been changed.
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