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Government to iron out hurdles facing ZEC

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The government will work flat out to address logistical hurdles facing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to ensure there will be no contestations when elections are held.
ZEC chairperson Justice Simpson Mutambanengwe and his commissioners yesterday paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to brief him on progress and preparedness of the commission.
And soon after the premier said all challenges that had been raised by the commission would be addressed.
“We are going to deal with the logistical and transport issues currently facing the commission. We do not want to have any election contestations in future,” Tsvangirai said.
“It our intention to make available the necessary tools to the commissioners.”
Mutambanengwe said the team would also meet other leaders to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) to update them on progress made so far and the challenges they face.
With the crafting of the new constitution underway and prospects for fresh elections are real, probably in 2011 and ZEC’s preparedness for the polls is crucial.
ZEC’s main responsibility under the GPA is to prepare for, conduct and supervise presidential, parliamentary and local authority elections and referendums, and to ensure that they would be conducted efficiently, freely, fairly, transparently and in accordance with the law.

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