Con-Court to rule on security forces' vote

HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) said yesterday it was approaching the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) to allow security personnel, who failed to vote during the chaotic two-day special vote, to cast their ballot on July 31.

In an address to international, regional and local observers, Zec deputy chairperson Joyce Kazembe said it was the electoral body’s desire to have the members of the disciplined forces allowed to exercise their constitutional right to vote after failing to cast their ballot on July 15.

Accepting responsibility for the chaos that characterised the special vote, Kazembe said the commission would approach the Con-Court with a view of persuading it to consider that it was not the security forces’ fault that they could not cast their vote but the logistical challenges that blighted the electoral body.

Kazembe said Zec would not therefore be challenging the constitutionality of the provisions of the Electoral Act’s Section 81B:2 that prohibit persons who fail to vote after being authorised to cast a special vote to do so on the normal day of voting but to seek to have it ignored on the basis that their failure was not in any way attributable to an omission on their part.

“The commission has been in discussions with political players on the way forward because it is our desire to have them allowed to exercise their constitutional right whatever the law says,” Kazembe said.

“The matter is going to be heard by the Constitutional Court and we are preparing the papers seeking authority to ignore the provisions of the Electoral Act.”

Section 81B:2 of the Electoral Act says: “A voter who has been authorised to cast a special vote shall not be entitled to vote in any other manner than by casting a special vote in terms of this part.”

Out of the over 69 000 members of the disciplined forces that applied for special voting, only 37 108 successfully cast their ballots while 26 160 failed for various reasons, according to Zec.

The electoral body’s commissioners also informed the various observer missions who included Sadc, the African Union, Comesa as well as local observers that it was ready for a credible, free and fair election despite the challenges it faced during the special vote.

Kazembe said the number of polling stations which currently stand at  9 670 countrywide could be increased in areas where voter turnout is expected to be high.

She however, said the polling stations would only be known to the public on polling day.

“There have been concerns about the inadequacy of polling stations in areas where higher voter turnout is anticipated particularly in informal settlements such as Epworth,” Kazembe said.

“These will be increased based on demand and the final list of the actual polling stations there will be, shall be published on polling day.”

Comments (36)

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Stop-a-Thief - 24 July 2013

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Stop-a-Thief - 24 July 2013

VICTORY POEM PART 3::: Few more days, Zimbabweans wait… Confident of winning as in 2008… This time no chance of that chicanery… We're certain to dump them to the dustbin of history… They'll cry why they trusted a 90 yr old… Who refused to go & retire in Zvimba… Preferring to loot our diamonds & gold… Rather than replaced by any young member… Helele the nation will rejoice & sing… Celebrating a grand coalition win… Good riddance to this bad rubbish… Who ruled like they were high on hashish… Vanhu havachakuda mhani chienda… Taneta nenzara nekurumwa nenda… Gore rino hezvo bwaa zvazoenda… Kopinda vane care & tender.

Stop-a-Thief - 24 July 2013

What about those who failed to register because ZEC gave them 4 days of registering instead of 30days. Why did ZEC not symphathise with them, this shows that it has double standards

Jacob Stephens - 24 July 2013

VICTORY POEM PART 4::: He is Matibiri but prefers to be Bob… And each election he comes to rob… Takes his family to Rome… Claiming he is of Catholic form… When come his dreaded elections… He starts his usual shenanigans… Suddenly he is Madzibaba Gabriel… Not ashamed of his evil… Zimbabweans will not forget… To show him the way to the State House gate… Bye bye dictator Matibiri… Retire & drain rock dhiziri… NaGrace chibva wangobuda… Nekuti Vanhu Havachakuda.

Stop-a-Thief - 24 July 2013

How do you reconcile the voters roll and make sure that people dont vote twice. and by the way Zec and the Herald said it was the MDc to blame for the Special Voting fiasco.It raises more suscpicion that Zec now cares for the disenfranchised and yet thousands failed to register because Zec had few reg offices and was very inefficient.Are these security officers more Zimbabwean than others.Aren't they supposed to be keeping the peace on Polling day.

Squarebasher - 24 July 2013

TIME FOR ACTION. PEOPLE ARE ONLY COMPLAINING BUT NOONE HAS THE GUTS TO FACE THE COURTS AND SEEK RELIEF TO BE PERMITTED TO REGISTER. ANHYONE WHO FAILED TO REGISTER AFTER BRAVING THE QUEUES HAS A RIGHT TO BE HEARD BY THE CON COURT. AND IF THEY GRANT HE POLICE THE RIGHT TO VOTE, THEY LIKEWISE CN GRANT ANYONE THE SAME

MAMUNA - 24 July 2013

chimbavha chog hapana zviripo apa, ZEC, Mudede, ConCourt, dzose imbavha

tofarirepi - 24 July 2013

Unfortunately some of us are already registered but can someone disadvantaged just approach the Con Court and ask for the extention of Voter registration. Don't complain to Zec. Zec only works undewr given laws. he only person to postpone elections are the courts

Nyembesi - 24 July 2013

In as much as I want everyone to exercise their democratic right. IT VIRTUALLY IS IMPOSSIBLE , HAZVIITE, HAKUENZI for the Con Court to give relief to failed voters policemen because the law is the law. Why didn't Zec seek an urgent application to extend the Special Voting days during the days then. Truth is ZEC didn't know. Even Mugabe confessed he didn't know at a rally in Chinhoyi. You now want to lie to us that you shall deploy them in their respective wards. Who then will do the police work at polling stations THIS APPLICATION IS A NON STARTER UNLESS THE JUDGES ARE NOW THE LEGISLATORS. YOU CANT REWRITE YOUR OWN LAW IWE CHIDYAUSIKU. BE WARNED. INTERPRET WHAT IS ALREADY WRITTEN.

LAW IS LAW - 24 July 2013

In as much as I want everyone to exercise their democratic right. IT VIRTUALLY IS IMPOSSIBLE , HAZVIITE, HAKUENZI for the Con Court to give relief to failed voters policemen because the law is the law. Why didn't Zec seek an urgent application to extend the Special Voting days during the days then. Truth is ZEC didn't know. Even Mugabe confessed he didn't know at a rally in Chinhoyi. You now want to lie to us that you shall deploy them in their respective wards. Who then will do the police work at polling stations THIS APPLICATION IS A NON STARTER UNLESS THE JUDGES ARE NOW THE LEGISLATORS. YOU CANT REWRITE YOUR OWN LAW IWE CHIDYAUSIKU. BE WARNED. INTERPRET WHAT IS ALREADY WRITTEN.

LAW IS LAW - 24 July 2013

This election should be postponed with immediate effect. Already it has lost credibility. OK say the Courts have decided to violate the Countrys electoral laws and grant the policemen a second voting chance. Do you honestly as Zimbabweans trust and expect the same incompetent Zec to contain and avoid double voting with all that they have proved so far? iiiih plz lets do the noble thing. Postpone this election and lets restart probably after 6months

Suluman - 24 July 2013

ZEC is creating problems for itself. If a big number of people fail to vote on 31 July what are they going to do? What is so special about these cops who failed to vote. ZEC should handle all citizens in the same manner. Other people failed to register for voting and ZEC never went to concourt.

Taurazvako Tigarisane - 24 July 2013

The once who voted did so on the basis that they will be on duty during the voting days. Is ZEC saying they are not going to be working but voting?

Ziziharinanyanga - 24 July 2013

THIS ELECTION SHOULD BE POSTPONED. ALREADY IT HAS LOST CREDIBILITY

NYEMBA - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Polling stations must be advertised in advance....publishing them on voting day is not convenient and may also be a loop hole for rigging as some.

Fox - 25 July 2013

Matsotsi. Its not the duty of Zec to approach con curt on behalf of security.

cristina - 25 July 2013

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