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roll-out begins: Election materials dispatched
Women's Institute for Leadership Development
March 14, 2013
Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it will dispatch 70 000 polling
officers and supervisors to 9 449 polling stations around the country
on Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s constitutional
referendum. ZEC acting chairperson Mrs. Joice Kazembe confirmed
the move to VOA Studio 7.
The bulk of
the polling officers and supervisors, who are currently being trained,
were drawn from civil servants. Election
Resource Centre director Tawanda Chimhini told VOA that they
are so far satisfied with ZEC's preparations.
was done depending on the list compiled by these various departments.
Those called for training were invited and it is up to the provincial
election officers to use their discretion and see if there is a
need to add polling officers in their province. Teachers, as we
stated earlier, will be taken in where it is necessary and if the
provincial election officers say they have enough numbers, then
there is nothing we can do,” he said.
Electoral materials such
as indelible ink, ballot papers and ballot boxes have been dispatched
to all the provinces under tight security ahead of the constitutional
referendum set for this Saturday, ZEC Mrs Joyce Kazembe said in
She hoped that the situation
would remain calm and that the referendum would be conducted without
any hinderances. ZEC has reduced its budget for the referendum from
US$85 million to US$58 million and Treasury has so far released
US$31, 5 million.
The commission has said
it would pay polling officers 30 % of their allowances with immediate
effect and deposit the balance into their respective bank accounts
at the completion of the exercise. Mrs Kazembe said the electoral
body had recruited polling officers from lists they obtained from
various civil service departments, local authorities and parastatals.
residents in Bulawayo say they are yet to lay their hands on the
Charter. Miss Nkosilomusa Bhebhe a resident from Pumula South said
she only sees adverts on ZTV about the referendum which says people
should vote yes. She said COPAC should have put a mechanism in place
to cater for the elderly and vulnerable groups.
Godfrey Siziba, another
resident, said although he has heard family and friends discuss
the draft, he has not been able to access a copy. He added that
what he knows is based on hearsay and that he should vote yes. “I
am just going to vote yes because I have been told the new constitution
is good and more democratic than the old one but I honestly do not
know the contents of the document.” He said.
The visually impaired
have been excluded from accessing the draft constitution following
reports that only 200 braille copies were circulated nationwide.
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