‘Every vote must count this election’

THE Election Resource Centre (ERC) has urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to take all necessary steps and spare no expense at ensuring that all votes in next Wednesday’s general elections count unlike in the 2008 polls.

Hazel Ndebele

ERC expressed its concern at the apparent delay of setting up and sharing of a transparent results management system for the election on July 31.

In a statement, ERC said Zec needs to develop procedures and instructions governing the complicated task of correctly and timely capturing of results from the presidential and the distinct National Assembly elections.

“We are aware that one of the major factors that undermined the credibility of the 2008 election was the opaque and delayed results management process…the process at national command centre lacked transparency and was laboriously slow,” said ERC

The Electoral Act now requires that results for the presidential and National Assembly polls be released within five days after the vote, therefore Zec should ensure this is adhered to.

ERC said it is Zec’s mandate to identify, recruit and train the various categories of staff required to produce credible results.

However, ERC also said it is concerned that the lack of funding might compromise operations at the national command centre.

“Poor management of results has potential to have very dire consequences for the credibility of the poll and security as well as safety for the citizens, therefore, Zec should ensure every vote counts this time around.”

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