Zec still to announce special vote figures

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is yet to announce the number of members of the uniformed forces and civil servants who voted under special voting last week.

Phillip Chidavaenzi/Wonai Masvingise

Last week, Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa claimed
29 000 people out of the 69 000 that had been authorised to vote were able to cast their ballots. Chinamasa is, however, not the authority mandated to make such official announcements.

Zec, which is the authority legally mandated to disseminate any information regarding polls, has remained curiously quiet.

Contacted for comment yesterday, Zec spokesperson Shupikai Mashereni asked NewsDay to officially recognise the figures announced by Chinamasa, but later referred the newspaper to the electoral body’s chief elections officer Lovemore Sekeramayi.

“I thought those numbers were already public,” Mashereni said, referring to Chinamasa’s announcement.

“You think the minister could have lied about those numbers? He is a minister. Maybe you want to hear it from the horse’s mouth. Call the CEO (chief elections officer), but he is currently busy dealing with that (special votes) issue at the HICC (Harare International Conference Centre),” he said.

Efforts to reach Sekeramayi were fruitless.

Meanwhile, Zec yesterday started distributing the special vote ballots from the country’s 10 provinces to their respective wards under the watchful eyes of the different political party agents.
This followed the opening of the special vote packages by Sekeramayi last Friday under the provisions of the Electoral Act.

After that, the ballots would then be sent to the different provincial command centres and then to the district centres before distribution to the respective wards where they would be counted together with the other ballot papers to be cast on July 31.

The special voting process was marred by late delivery of ballots at most voting centres forcing Zec to give the estimated 40 000 members of the uniformed forces who failed to vote a second chance to cast their ballot with the rest of the electorate on July 31.


8 Responses to Zec still to announce special vote figures

  1. zanu yaora July 23, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    it now appears 36000 voted in the special vote,instead of 29000 mentioned by Chinamasa.

  2. Za July 23, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    72 000 people out of the 69 000 managed to vote. thats zanu pf mathematics. rigging

  3. tapanduka July 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm #


  4. Brian Chikwati July 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Honourable MAKARAU watch out destroying your reputation in support of ZANU PF . You need to be professional. Attend to election related complaints.

  5. Bla Phidza July 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Info pertaining to elections is the baby of ZEC only as per the dictates of the electoral laws. Now what the hec is this Chinamasa baffoon trying to portray? Makarau we want action against/comment on this moron now. Nobody owns this country not any one of u. It’s for us all.

  6. Asylum July 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    Tell your Parents ekhaya 2 vote 4 change. Moms yangu ndakaiudza ikanzwisisa bt mdhara akaoma msoro. Akadyiswa neZANU.

  7. Brian Chikwati July 24, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    There is need for proper and thotough accounting for the ballots. Please what are those unprocessed full cardboard boxes. ZEC be honest we are watching.

  8. Pablo July 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Now the figures are already changing very fast.from 29000 to35000 to 37000 watch the space come 31st July.Now they say ask Sekeramayi.This is the only man who is allowed by law to announce figures.Just wait for him to anounce the final presidential results,when and how much?Not even Makarau is allowed to mention the figures.Ask yourself why?Sekeramai is his masters voice!

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