Poll preps: Zec in tight corner

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THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Zec)’s state of preparedness for the polls continues to be in doubt as the electoral body has not secured any funds, leaving it with a lot work to do in the remaining 19 days before the July 31 general elections.

Report by Owen Gagare

A senior Zec official said yesterday the electoral body had not yet trained polling and presiding officers, although constituency election officers have been trained.

The official said Zec was in such a tight corner that it was now asking to pay service providers after government releases the money.

Zec also does not have enough vehicles and is depending on the Central Mechanical Equipment Department.

“The situation is very difficult because the money is just not there, so we have to be innovative,” said the official.

“We have been talking to some service providers to provide their services on credit and some of them have been understanding.”

Because of cash problems, Zec has engaged a local company to print ballot papers on credit. The company will print more than six million ballot papers. Finance minister Tendai Biti says there is no money for elections.

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