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‘Zec should publish polling stations list’

WITH only five days left for Zimbabwe to hold general elections, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) has called on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to publish the final list of polling stations ahead of the polls to enable party agents and observer groups to deploy.

Elias Mambo

This comes after Zec told the international, regional and local observers on Wednesday, that the final list of polling stations would be published on the actual polling day.

In its media statement Zesn said early publishing of the list of polling stations “would ensure there is sufficient time for the deployment of party agents and observers to the new polling stations.”

“Zesn therefore appeals to Zec to release the list of polling stations in advance as part of international good practice and, in order to enhance transparency and accountability of the whole electoral process. Zesn feels that the last minute publishing of polling stations would make it problematic for stakeholders to engage with Zec to address any problems related to the distribution of the final list of polling stations,” reads Zesn’s media statement.

Zesn also encourages Zec to ensure that polling stations are adequate to avoid long queues that may discourage potential voters from voting.

“Zec should distribute the polling stations based on demand and the potential number of voters in each ward in order to avoid the concerns raised after the March 16 Referendum on the inadequacy of polling stations in highly populated areas,” Zesn said.

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