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ZEC prepares for elections

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The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) will today launch a pilot programme to test the content of its voter education (VE) manual ahead of general elections to be held in the next 12 months.

ZEC chief elections officer Lovemore Chipunza Sekeramayi in a statement yesterday said the manual, developed last August, would be test run starting today in Manicaland and Matabeleland South provinces.

“From Monday 4 June to Friday 8 June 2012 the commission will be pilot testing the VE guide to assess its content, suitability and readability in two provinces, namely Manicaland and Matabeleland South, targeting both urban and rural informants in each province,” Sekeramayi said.

“In addition, political parties and civil society groups that were engaged on the technical productions of the draft VE guide will be targeted as other pilot testing groups.”

He said the manual to be finalised at the end of this month would be translated into Shona and Ndebele.

“The guide is the source for the production of a variety of VE flyers, posters, pamphlets, billboards and jingles which will be translated into all the indigenous languages in Zimbabwe to facilitate accessibility,” he said.

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