Zec challenged to reveal ballot paper printer

LEGISLATIVE watchdog, Veritas, has called on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to reveal the name of the ballot paper printers “now” as there was “no legitimate reason” why it should not do so.

BY MTHANDAZO NYONI

The call by Veritas came at a time Zec was delaying to disclose the identity of the ballot paper printers regardless of the fact that the date for harmonised elections was fast approaching.

Elections are due by August 21, 2018, according to Veritas.

“This secrecy over which supplier is printing ballot papers has fed into the opposition’s lack of trust in Zec,” the body said recently in a statement.

Veritas said as stated in the first paragraph, section 52A of the Electoral Act states that the Commission shall without delay provide the following information to all political parties and candidates contesting an election, and to all observers (a) where and by whom the ballot papers for the election have been or are being printed; and (b) the total number of ballot papers that have been printed for the election; and (c) the number of ballot papers that have been distributed to each polling station.

In addition, Veritas said once the Electoral Amendment Bill becomes law Zec must ensure that “the number of ballot papers printed for any election does not exceed by more than ten per centum the number of registered voters eligible to vote in the election.”

“This means that eventually Zec will have to divulge these details. But there is no legitimate reason why Zec should not reveal now the name of the printers selected,” it said.

“There is also nothing in the law that prevents Zec from allowing a few independent observers to monitor the printing. This would go a long way to establishing trust with political parties and the general public.”

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4 Comments

  1. thats were all the rigging will take place that is why zec wont agree to be transparent with this process.

  2. We know why ZEC does not wan’t to divulge such essential information…
    But first things first, ZEC IS NOT INDEPENDENT AS IT SHOULD BE…
    Reminder: What was Chris Mutsvangwa (President’s Advisor) and Justice Chigumba (ZEC Chairperson) doing in Russia when they said they “ONLY” wanted to “OBSERVE” the elections in that country…
    # THEY WERE ALREADY LOOKING FOR RIGGING OPTIONS PERIOD.
    There is a very visible hand operating in ZEC….#JUNTA PF

  3. TRUE WHY DID THEY NOT INVITE OTHER PARTIES ALSO FOR THAT OBSERVATION. WHY JUNTA PF ONLY?

    AND RUSSIA ARE THE MASTERS AND PERFECTIONS OF ESPIONAGE IN WHICHEVER DIRECTION. REMEMBER THE TRUMP VOTE. TODATE ITS STILL TOPICAL???

    CAN ZEC ANSWER WHY IN ONYL INVITED JUNTA PF ONLY???

  4. Ndini Ndadaro

    This is what section 52a of the electoral act says. musatinyepere veduw, get your facts right
    52 Provision of requisites and officers for purpose of poll

    (1) For any election the constituency registrar shall arrange for the obtaining of voting

    compartments and ballot boxes and shall provide papers, including ballot papers,

    instruments for marking ballot papers with the official mark, seals and other

    necessary things and shall do such other acts and things and make such arrangements

    to facilitate the taking of the poll as he may consider advisable for effectively

    conducting the election, and the expenditure incurred upon all such acts and things

    shall be charged upon and paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

    (2) The constituency registrar-

    (a) shall appoint sufficient presiding officers, polling officers and

    counting officers for the purposes of the poll; and

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