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2008 harmonised elections - Index of articles
election count - Bill Watch Special
April 02, 2008
The only results that
have not yet been legally declared are the Presidential results
declarations of all the successful Parliamentary and Council candidates
have already been made at ward and constituency levels. It is not
an offence to publicise the already declared Council and Parliamentary
Results. These do not depend on the announcements by the ZEC National
Command Centre. Nor is it an offence to add up and publicise polling
station and constituency totals for the Presidential election which
have already been publicly displayed.
of Position on Counting and Display of Votes Received in Presidential
There is a public paper
trail of results in the Presidential Election - from the polling
station level, through the ward and constituency levels up to the
National Command Centre.
Votes cast at
polling stations are counted on the spot at each polling station
and the results immediately displayed outside each polling station.
Act, section 64(1)(e) as read with section 112]. Each polling
station sends the results [as posted outside the polling station]
to the relevant ward centre and these are totalled and displayed
outside the ward centre. [Ref: ZEC
Ward results are sent
to the relevant House of Assembly constituency centre. Here they
are added together. These totals are displayed outside the House
of Assembly constituency centres. These results go to the relevant
Senatorial constituency centre for further totalling and display.
These results [only sixty] are sent to the National Command Centre
[ref: Electoral Act, Second Schedule, paragraph 1(1)(c)]. The figures
must be recorded on the constituency return in such a manner that
the results of the count for each polling station are shown on the
return. [Ref: Electoral Act, Second Schedule, paragraph 1(1)(a)]
There is no actual counting
of votes at the National Command Centre. What takes place at the
National Command Centre is the adding together of the figures contained
in these sixty returns received from the Senate constituency centres.
[Ref: Electoral Act, Second Schedule, paragraphs 2 and 3] The candidates,
their chief election agents and accredited observers are entitled
to be present throughout. The Chief Elections Officer must display
each constituency return to those present and allow notes to be
made of the contents of each return. The declaration of the result
by the Chief Elections Officer follows immediately on the completion
of the collation process.
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