THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has clarified that counting of votes will be done at polling stations while announcing of ward, constituency and provincial results for proportional representation will be done at the respective areas.
Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau said after the counting of election results at polling stations, they will be transmitted to the ward collation centre where the winner for the ward will be announced at that level while those for the House of Assembly will be collated at the constituency collation centre after which the winner will be announced.
From constituency level, the results will then be sent to a provincial collation centre where calculations will be done for the apportioning of seats for the Senate and 60 House of assembly seats reserved for women.
The Zec headquarters will be seized with the presidential election results which Makarau said will be announced within five days of polling.
The Zec chairperson said they increased the number of polling stations to 9 735 because they anticipate a high voter turnout while 8.7 million ballots were printed to cater for 6, 4 million registered voters. Makarau admitted that the 8,7 million ballots was a high number considering that its 35% of the number of registered voters.
She added that the voters’ roll hard copy was ready for collection from the Registrar-General office by contesting candidates although the soft copy was not available. The unavailability of the voters’ roll soft copy attracted criticism from observers and journalists who argued that it was much easier to provide a computerized version than printing the register.
“We are 99% ready for the elections since the ballot papers have been dispatched to provinces while ink and other material is also available. Voting will start at 7am on July 31 and close at 7pm but those who will be in the queue until closing of polling will be allowed to vote,” said Makarau.