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  • Zimbabwe's Elections 2013 - Index of Articles

  • Daily Election Report - Issue 13
    The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
    July 27, 2013

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    Poll preparations attract complaints

    ZBC reported that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s preparations for next Wednesday’s elections were proceeding according to plan and reported the head of the African Union’s observer team, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, giving “Zimbabwe’s poll the thumbs-up” (ZTV).

    Notably, ZTV did report MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai complaining about Dlamini-Zuma’s “conduct”, accusing her of “deliberately ignoring complaints raised by his party regarding the way the electoral process is being conducted”.

    But it suffocated details of his complaints.

    SW Radio Africa and Studio 7 only reported these, which included ZEC’s failure to provide the political parties with a consolidated voters’ roll just five days before the election, and the fact that last-minute changes to the vote counting process where counting would take place at ward level and not at polling stations – was a violation of the electoral regulations.

    On allegations of Zanu-PF recruiting militias, ZTV reported Dlamini-Zuma saying, “Our view is that we don’t deal with rumours….”

    ZTV and the private radio stations reported on the discovery of special early vote ballot papers, allegedly completed in favour of the MDC-T, being found in a dustbin at ZEC’s Election Command Centre. ZTV only reported that ZEC had “reserved its judgement” on this development.

    The public broadcaster gave greater prominence to news that the printing of ballots was now complete and that the Constitutional Court had ruled in favour of ZEC’s application seeking to grant those who were unable to vote in its special early voting exercise earlier this month a second chance to do so on Election Day.

    SW Radio Africa, ZiFM and Star FM also reported this news. But only SWRA quoted the MDC-T’s deputy director of elections, Morgan Komichi welcoming the ruling. He also noted “that ZEC did not seek to extend the same privilege to thousands of Zimbabweans who failed to register during the chaotic registration campaign.”

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