No going back on ballot papers: Zec

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has effectively shut the door on opposition MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa, declaring that the printing of the ballot papers was non-negotiable and now “water under the bridge.”

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Speaking during a radio interview on Monday evening, Zec chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba said Zec had completed printing of ballot papers for both the presidential and National Assembly elections and would not bow down to pressure to restart the process.

“It’s water under the bridge. The difficulty is I must balance being nice and being liked and simply just telling the truth,” she said.

“The danger in misleading the people in saying something can be done about the design, about observing the printing of the ballot is that I will be accused of being dishonest and I will be dishonest. Let us just put a little bit of perspective, this is 15 days before the elections. It is dishonest to mislead Zimbabwe saying 15 days before the day of the election we have not printed that ballot or we are likely to abandon the ballot paper that we printed and start afresh. We simply don’t have the time.”

Her remarks came as Chamisa has vowed to block the elections until their grievances have been addressed.

Chigumba added that Zec had given all political parties a copy of the ballot paper, showed them security features and asked them to test the papers, hence could not find the basis of Chamisa’s demands.

“All political parties actually received a copy of the ballot paper. They were given a copy of the ballot paper. They were shown the ballot paper, they were shown the security features, the water mark and were actually told to take the ballot paper put your X on it and if after 12 hours the X migrates, bring it back to Zec,” she said.

But Chamisa yesterday dismissed Chigumba’s utterances saying: “It can’t be water under the bridge, because there is neither water nor bridge as regards ballot papers.”

48 Comments

  1. Chamisa will cause violence, and many mdc surpoters will be hurt because he is iñciting violeñce intentions to hia surpoters . i am sure the public will not allow politicians to use them while they drink tea together, whatever the case maybe, Mdc people do not allow to be used by politicians

    1. this aint a Chamisa issue, its a national thing, ZEC should just be transparent with the ballot paper process period! we have suffered enough with this Zanu government its time for change

      1. U dont know what u a talking about

  2. Peacemaker uri zimuC10

  3. Kokerai Chisvo

    @peacemaker … Chamisa insights violence to followers so tt e international observers will run away and Chamisa wil go abt e world tellin em of a violence he instigated…. Zimbabweans lets remain peaceful

  4. Va Peacemaker please avoid commenting for the sake of it instead your comment should be informative and add value to the debate. Thank you.

    As for the chairperson, your language ma’am is expected from politicians. As a lawyer you should understand law very well and as a high court judge you should be able to interpret the law for the benefit of the layman like myself to understand. Ma’am could you please interpret section 57 of ZEC Consolidated Electoral Act copied and pasted below for me:

    57 Manner of voting
    The voting at an election shall be by ballot which shall be conducted in substance and as nearly as possible in
    the following manner—
    (a) every ballot paper shall be in the form prescribed and there shall be printed on every ballot paper—
    (i) in type of equal size, the names of all the duly nominated candidates at the election in alphabetical
    order of surnames; and
    (ii) the symbols, if any, specified by the duly nominated candidates at the election in terms of paragraph
    (b) of subsection (1) of section forty-six, each printed to a size that permits the vertical extremities
    or the horizontal extremities or both such extremities to touch opposite sides of the appropriate
    square on the ballot paper; and
    (iii) in capital letters of equal size, the abbreviation of every political party for which a duly nominated
    candidate at the election is standing or which is sponsoring such a candidate, where the
    candidate concerned specified the abbreviation in his or her nomination paper in terms of paragraph
    (c) of subsection (1) of section forty-six; and

  5. In this weather a whole opposition leader calls fo electoral reforms wen he had e tym tu du all this u wer quite busy callin khupe names

  6. I watched that interview, that lady called mai Chigumba has pride and arrogance beyond measure, what goes around comes around, ask Rita Makarau

  7. Hondo zvenyika

    Chinondinakidza kutuka kunoita Alliance Chigumba asi hamuzivi kut kupinda kwakaita Justice Chigumba she was approved naNero as a sitting member we parliamentary portfolio on justice and legal wat wat

    1. what you are saying is utter nonsense because even mugabe was elected but who would have know he would let people down the same way chigumba is doing it now, thats why we wont be fooled by Munangagwa’s new dispensation rubbish

      1. Praise what has Chigumba done wrong? She cant just do what cant be done. By the way who really is Chamisa,,,a lawyer who admitted that his demands to Zec are unconstitutional,,,and you follow that.You are saying utter RUBBISH

  8. This is not a last minute thing by Chamisa, the mdc in general has been calling for electoral reforms for years so this is just a natural culmination of events. Even if Chamisa was instrumental in selecting Chigumba, nobody could have known beforehand that she would turn & let the nation down in the way she has

    1. Electoral reforms are done through an act of law, put in place through Parliament. Chamisa was part of the 2013-2018 Parliament, and he should have pushed for the reforms then. Chigumba is not a member of Parliament, neither is she a member of the Executive. As a judge and a ZEC chairperson, she only gets to interact with the law at the interpretation stage. Chamisa should not pretend that he doesn’t know this. Mugabe, and later Mnangagwa, had no authority to unilaterally change electoral laws, since they are guided by the Constitution as to the independent functions of three arms of government. Chamisa is taking advantage of the ignorance of most of the people, and is whipping up their emotions to prepare them for taking part in the madness that he has promised this country if he does not win the elections. He will fool some, but not all Zimbabweans. I am just advising him to project himself as an alternative president, not as some stone-throwing hoodlum who has a one track mind which remains in the it’s-either-me-or-there-is-war mode. Zimbabweans and the world are watching you, young man.

      1. very true

  9. Thank you Priscilla at times you need to put your foot down, its time to move on and not waste time entertaining noise makers who in actual fact are set to lose the watershed elections.

  10. Did ZEC print the ballot paper as prescribed in Consolidated Electoral Act section 57 as above. If not why not when you have been preaching that your actions are guided by the law, ma’am.

    1. Wezhira Wezhara

      All contesting parties were given ballot papers and were asked to prove their allegations of vote transferance in 12 hours. They have failed to so up to now. This Lieson is a cry baby please give us space. Toda kuvhotera Ngwena yedu on 30 July imi muchivhoterana tosangana pama results. Chamisa ari kutoda kuchengeteswa maBallot papers acho.

  11. Ukanyanya kunetswa you become very arrogant zvinoitwawo na Chamisa its not right he acts as if anotori President yet not ngamirire nguva if he knows he is going to win. He is a man of God, mwari vari kuti chii kwaari kana ari Joshua we zvokwadi, ngamirire nguva yamwari.Hatirwi nenyama neropa asi nemweya yemuchadenga.
    Mhirizhonga hatidi we will vote for you if you act like a leader Chamisa not kuita sana hwindi vari pamushikashika

    1. Anyonimasi…Iwe gara ne vote yako wajaira kubirirwa zvamuropa. Uyu akuziva kodzero dzake nedzemwana wese we Zimbabwe. Ko Iye Chigumba wacho adii aita zvacho zvinodiwa toona kana pane anoita noise! Ballot paper raka printwepi! Don’t fool anyone kuti takakupai sample what what. Ndiani aizopa racho rekuriga for testing? Mhoti takendawo kuskuru totoriwo ne five dzinodhonza! Ballot paper ngaridzokororwe tikumhanyirepi?

    2. Joshua or Judas Iscariot?

  12. Time to move on to where nhai Eliasha? Are you so dull to understand that the suffering of Zimbabweans is politically induced? If zanu pf is allowed to rig this election things will be worse than what happened in 2008. A fair election is one approved by all contesting parties. Arrongants and big brother syndrome will not create jobs or bring food on the table.

    1. I don’t understand were you are getting all this stuff from ,the outside world is now tired and raring to come in and the testimony to that is the events which have taken place over the past 8 months with investors tripping each other to visit and hammer deals with the current regime, so do not continue to harbor the misplaced notion that things will turn for the worst with a Zanoids victory as Lied by the opposition the country is destined for resurgency no matter who takes over the HOT SEAT.

  13. Poor elaisha noise makers i zanupf for your on information they think they own us people.KEEP TRYING TO SIDE WITH THEM BUT THE RALITY IS THAT YOU ARE GOING FOR GOOD THIS TIME.will not make mistakes as was done by morgan.Toda kukusvuvurayi zvekuti muchataura mega kuti tadyiwa.

    1. ED told everyone with open ears to hear that that there have started implementing post election programs and even a new currency is on the way so be warned and cross check with any independent survey house on who is grabbing this one and you will get a very good straight answer without any hesitation.

      1. mbavha ndidzo ndinoda zanu. hakuna enormal person anoti zanu yakanaka

  14. its only one day chigumba,ONE DAY

  15. Luke Munya Bikaldo

    The arrogance of this yellow bone called Priscilla is beyond measure.I have every reason to believe that Ngwena promised her a hefty payout for subverting the will of the people after the electionS because she has gone over drive.How can she say they have run out of time to re start printing ballot papers when the issue of ballot papers has been said a countless times even when the democracy icon Morgan Tsvangirayi was still alive?Priscilla is nothing but a cheap biological being willing to used to prolong the suffering of Zimbabweans by the zanu pf mafia.Have you been promised a ministerial post by the military junta Piri?

    1. Petros Magomazi

      You have not articulated what she has done wrong in your lengthy article Luke. What do you want her to do that she has not done?

  16. Luke Munya Bikaldo

    The arrogance of this yellow bone called Priscilla is beyond measure.I have every reason to believe that Ngwena promised her a hefty payout for subverting the will of the people after the electionS because she has gone over drive.How can she say they have run out of time to re start printing ballot papers when the issue of ballot papers has been said a countless times even when the democracy icon Morgan Tsvangirayi was still alive?Priscilla is nothing but a cheap biological being willing to used to prolong the suffering of Zimbabweans by the zanu pf mafia.Have you been promised a ministerial post by the military junta Piri?

  17. Move on to where nhai Elisha? Zvimwe zvinhu ka musanyebera kupenga, pane nyaya apa!

  18. elisha uri dofo rakadzidza

  19. PANE VARIKUNGOWAWATA PANO,CHOKWADI NDECHEKUTI MA ELECTIONS HASI KUITWA FREE AND FAIR. Ballot paper is very crucial all parties must agree, why Zec chair achimhanyira kuti takatopedza ku printer. Hapana anogerwa asipo, vana veZimbabwe ndivo vachatiratidza gwara.

  20. If you ask me, this whole noisy business should have been started before the election dates were announced. To think that we are not going to exercise our constitutional rights because someone has an after thought is like thinking that the sun will not rise tomorrow. We are going to vote come the 30th of July regardless of all actions and efforts to stop the process. You cannot stop a constitutional process simply because there are changes you expect to see. Its a violation of every Zimbabwean’s right to create a situation where we will not be able to exercise our rights due to violence or act of any nature. Chamisa has vehemently hinted that he is not going to accept any results other than his victory. The question is, How does he know that he is going to win? Is he going to vote for himself? Is he trying to rig the election by demanding changes that he knows would take time and processes to achieve? What kind of a Leader is he trying to portray to Zimbabwe and the world? His nonsensical hallucinations about winning as if he is running the race alone, or a predefined result is tantamount to cause violence as he is preparing everyone for it. We know that Mugabe has influenced you to cause mayhem in Zimbabwe as a means of getting back to ED. We know the machinations behind your waffling. As for the international community, they know that you have just become a cry baby who happens to have snatched power from rightful Khupe in an undemocratic way. They know that you are very unreliable due to your lies about this and that. They know also the fact that you, Nelson Chamisa are suffering from selective amnesia where you would like everyone to think that all you do is polished yet you are still an up-starter to the position you want to occupy. If the people of Zimbabwe were to vote you, They are doing so not because you are a credible and potentially able leader, but because some of them have just developed a hatred towards ZANU PF over more than 3 decades of misrule. Chamisa can not be a bonafide President of Zimbabwe because he is not even nearer to democracy like Mugabe. Chamisa is a dictator not yet in office. So stop crying and give us space to vote for the leaders that we want. If you opt out, never think we will lose sleep because of that….Good riddance. Trash and only trash will want to use people against people. We are far ahead of that now. Pamberi nekuvhotera waunoda.

  21. ITS ONLY ONE DAY.PREPARE FOR THE DAY IS AROUND IS AROUND THE CORNER

  22. When ED delayed announcing the election dates the MDC was complaining saying he does not want an election. When he announced they are talking about the ballot paper. Can Chamisa just tell us one thing, did the MDC get a copy of the ballot paper to test and note or not. If they didn’t then let’s take Chigumba to task but if they received it and tested it Chamisa should shut up. He has told so many lies during this campaign that we hope he is not lying about his name. You just running scared young man. The truth is you have no credibility to SADC or AU. Vana Kofi Annan are here to stamp these elections and they are seeing you making a joke of yourself. Tell you what; they will endorse these elections and will allow ED to lock you up for being a public nuisance after the elections. ED has refused to be provoked and has remained quiet despite Chamisa’s insults. You don’t have a strategy Nero watamba ne Ngwena ask Grace.

  23. nehanda nyakasikana

    nero is trying to micromanage zec functions…but chigumba stamps her authority.
    im trying to imagine the possibility, nevertheless far fetched, that each of the 55 parties start pushing for their other demands…

  24. nehanda nyakasikana

    alliance needs to control their emotions..too much hate speech at the rallies…we know that you are products of prolonged frustrations by the regime…i dont trust zec but trying to dish out order to an “independent” commission will not work..even if its independence is questionable..this is a very legalistic process and with the pool of legal minds in the we expect you to build a case in a more meticulous manner rather than merely throwing insults and stuff from unreliable sources on social media..where will that take us?? really

  25. Women have done little as leaders when given the opportunity ,it seems as if their souls are all coming from Hell,Mandiitawepi,Joyce Mujuru,Grace Mugabe,Makarau and Chigumba to name a few.Shame on you.

  26. Let’s see Chamisa unleashing the arsenal of peace that he threatened. The young man is running out of options and excuses. The MDC Alliance got the same ballot paper and they reviewed it. Now what next do they want ? Cry babies!

  27. Tichingotonga Vachingovukura

    Which fool will seek for consensus on the designing and printing of ballot papers just 2 weeks b4 elections . We got the consensus when we overwhelmingly voted for the new constitution in 2013 which gave zec the mandate to design and print ballot papers for elections in the country. That cannot be overturned by 7 political parties calling themselves an alliance.

  28. I HAVE NOT SEEN CHIGUMBA’S ARROGANCE WHEN SHE TELLS PEOPLE THE REALITY ON THE GROUND AND INTERPRETING THE LAW. ZVEKUTI ITAI ZVATINODA ZVISIRI PAMUTEMO ZVAKASHATISISA ESPECIALLY FROM PEOPLE AIMING TO RULE ZIMBABWE. IT SHOWS THEY WILL THROW THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAWS AWAY VOTONGA NEDEMO. NEWSPAPERS ARE ALSO NOT DOING THEIR JOB WELL. THEY ARE NOT TELLING THE PUBLIC WHAT THE LAW AND CONSTITUTION SAY ABOUT THE MDC DEMANDS. ZVIRI PAMUTEMO HERE KUTI VANHU 55 FOR ALL CONTESTING PARTIES VASWERE KUFIDELITY PRINTERS VACHIONA THE PRINTING OF BALLOT PAPERS????. NDEIPI NYIKA YAKAMBOTI ALL REPRESENTATIVES OF POLITICAL PARTIES HUYAI TIGARE PASI TITAURIRANE THE DESIGN, TYPE, ETC OF THE BALLOT PAPER?????? WHAT IS THE USE OF THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION KANA ISINA MASIMBA EKUITA BASA RAYO WITHOUT PARTY INTERFERENCE??? GIVE US THE EVIDENCE DZEKUTI ZANU NDIYO ZEC NOT THAT ZANU SEI ISIRI KUCOMPLAINER? GIVE US THE EVIDENCE THAT BALLOT PAPERS WERE PRINTED ABROAD NOT KUTI ZEC SHOULD PROVE THAT IT IS PRINTING THEM HERE?????. ON VOTING DAY UDZAI MAAGENTS ENYU ATORE MASEREAL NUMBERS VOZOONA KUTI X ACHINJA HERE PAVANOCOUNTA ASI CHENJERAI KUNYARA. WE KNOW THAT NOT ALL BALLOT WILL BE USED SO MOZODEMANDER THOSE BALLOT FOR TESTING AFTER ELECTION MOONA KUTI X ANOBVA PACHAMISA HERE.

    1. Based on this ZEC is actually correct. The manner of the wording does not render their interpretation incorrect.

      More importantly though surely, the position of faces is a non-issue

    2. As much as people don’t like Zanu, i think the Alliance is taking advantage of peoples ignorance. The demands are actually illegal and not practical. Saka vanhu 55 vogarira printer??

      1. read section 52A of the Electoral Act and be corrected

  29. One thing i like abt mdc they dont boycot this election

  30. Some people just want to “move forward”, move forward kuenda kupiko? Just because Mnangagwa has said kwazoita mainvestors achazouya yu think its just a matter of “moving forward” makavhara maziso, it doesnt work that way. The opposition, and I call it the opposition rather than Chamisa because he does not represent himself but the people, is actually trying to pave way for those investors some people think are gullible. Investors dont just bring money because Mnangagwa woke up one day and told them he has “changed”, they never put their money where things are not clear, where a 76 year old habitual liar has promised he does not lie anymore. They want to see a real change in the environment, and people like Chigumba do not help a little bit, they are all worried about how much they ll be paid.
    Kana MDC Alliance iri wrong pamademands ayo ZEC ngaiende kuHigh Court and seek an order to stop them tione. Musanyengerwe semakapata.

  31. ZEC is not being transparent. What President of MDC Alliance is doing is what any political player with such millions of supporters would do given the situation ZEC is presenting to the people. The is a clause in the electoral Act that provides that all political players must know where the ballot papers are being printed. Section 52A of the Electoral Act Publication of details re ballot papers
    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.

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