Special vote chaos: ‘Zec not ready for polls’

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THE Election Resource Centre (ERC) says less than 10% of eligible voters cast their ballot in the two-day special voting process in an indication that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) was not ready for polls.

Hazel Ndebele

Special voting was on Sunday and Monday but Zec failed to ensure all eligible persons voted despite the process spilling into Tuesday.

The special vote was fraught with irregularities, including none delivery of ballot papers to certain constituencies, which has cast doubt on the ability of Zec to conduct an efficient, free, fair and credible election.

ERC said it would be in the best interest of the country if Zec asks for more time to prepare for credible polls.

“If Zec fails to request postponement of elections considering controversy which surrounded special voting, they only risk further shame and embarrassment and continuing disenfranchisement of more Zimbabweans,” the ERC said in a statement

The ERC cited Nigeria where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed elections in 2011 twice due to logistical failures. In the end, Nigeria’s turned out to be one of the best in that country’s history.

 

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