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- Bill Watch 20/2008
May 17, 2008
Instruments on Elections
As already notified
Watch Specials of 15th and 16th May, three election-related
statutory instruments were gazetted this week:
- SI 73A -
modifying the Electoral
Act to extend the periods within which ZEC must hold the Presidential
run-off election and the three House of Assembly by-elections
- SI 78 –
fixing Friday 27th June as polling day for the Presidential run-off
- SI 79 –
fixing nowmination day [Friday 30th May] and polling day [27th
June] for the three by-elections [see further below].
for Presidential Run-Off and By-Elections
The Chief Elections
Officer has confirmed that the procedure for voting in the run-off
election will be the same as for the election on 29th March. That
is in line with section 110(3) of the Electoral Act, which requires
the run-off election to be held "in accordance with this Act".
It follows that, as in the election of the 29th March, only registered
voters will be able to vote and they will have to vote in the ward
in which they are registered. Votes will be counted at polling stations
immediately after the closing of the poll and results of polling
station counts will be posted outside polling stations for public
information [using form V.11]. Polling station results will be collated
at constituency level on form V.23 for onward transmission to the
Chief Elections Officer at the ZEC National Collation Centre.
for all three by-elections is Friday 30th May. The nomination courts
will sit at the Magistrates Court, 5th Avenue, Gwanda for the Gwanda
South by-election; the Magistrates Court, Tredgold Building, Bulawayo
for the Pelandaba-Mpopoma by-election; and the Magistrates Court,
Main Street, Gweru, for the Redcliff by-election.
Note: A candidate
who was duly nominated for one of these constituencies for the 29th
March elections does not need to submit a fresh nomination paper;
if he or she intends to contest the by-election, all that is necessary
is written notification to the constituency elections officer of
the intention to remain a candidate. New candidates must submit
issue of The Herald quotes the Minister of Foreign Affairs as saying
that foreign observers invited to observe the 29th March elections
are welcome to observe the run-off; their invitations are still
valid. He is also quoted as stating that there would be no further
of Council Election Results
This week the
Chief Elections Officer has published results in the press for a
further four provinces – Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West,
Masvingo and Matabeleland North. The results of eight of the ten
provinces have now been published, leaving only the results for
Matabeleland South and Midlands still to come.
We have no further
information on the 105 election petitions [53 by ZANU-PF candidates,
52 by MDC candidates] lodged with the Electoral Court [see Bill
Watch 19]. The outcome of these petitions could drastically
alter the proportion of seats and accordingly the balance of power
between the two main parties, in particular in the House of Assembly.
Violence - Impact on Run-Off Election
Both the extent
and severity of post
election violence are escalating alarmingly and the number of
election-related deaths are increasing. There have been detentions
and beatings of election agents from the March 29 poll. The displacement
of large numbers of people is continuing and there are no facilities
for internally displaced persons to vote. All this, together with
the attribution of violence to State agents, does not make for an
environment conducive to a free and fair election.
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