Zec owns up to electoral irregularities

HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is yet to remove police officers who voted during the special vote on July 14 and 15.

This emerged after observers asked Zec officials at a press briefing yesterday when names of police officers and Zec officials who participated in the two-day special vote will be deleted.

In response, Zec commissioner, Theophelous Gambe said the commission has since dispatched the voter register to polling stations for those who voted in the chaotic special vote in a bid to avoid double voting come July 31.

“We have already dispatched the register to all polling stations,” he said.

The commission also admitted to duplicating ballot papers.

Zec chairperson Rita Makarau said the ballots had been duplicated by “mistake”.

“Yes we used the same serial numbers we used in the special votes, the serialisation was done by our printers, but we want to assure you that those ballots will not be used in the harmonised election,” Makarau said.

“I want to tell you that our printing was done by two main printers, presidential, Fidelity, National Assembly done by Fidelity while local authority was done by Printflow. During the printing, it emerged that Printflow had challenges in numbering ballots, thus they subcontracted police printers, but only the numbering was done by police printers,” she said.

Zec said they printed 35 percent more ballot papers than needed to cover for mistakes and that “each and every ballot will be accounted for.” A total of 8.7 million ballots were printed against 6.4 million voters.

“35 percent is a large number, but it’s our duty to account for each and every ballot, all 8,7 million ballots will be accounted for, that is what will make for a fair election,” Makarau said.

The commission however, shielded the registrar general Tobaiwa Mudede from answering questions over the unavailability of the voters’ roll.

Meanwhile, the MDC has alleged that voter registration is still surreptitiously ongoing.

MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti told a news conference at Harvest House that one of the reasons why the Zec was not availing the final voters’ roll was because  voter registration was still underway.

“We have people who are prepared to swear on affidavits to the effect that voter registration is still taking place in some areas,” Biti said.

“We wrote to Zec on Friday and brought to their attention the on-going voter registration exercise at places like Manresa, Harare East and Mash West and so on. We have not received any response from Zec.”

Comments (11)

Rita,Rita,Rita. Why this long list of excuses?.Just own up to your complicity in the rigging game.

Chimpunu - 30 July 2013

OPERATION PHONE KUMUSHA - Today all Zimbabweans who have means of contacting vari kumusha, pick up the phone or use whatever means and tell them TODAY to do the right thing! That their vote will be secret despite threats it will be known. Zimbabwe needs a new beginning.

Tindo - 30 July 2013

I think congratulations are in order to all the contesting political parties for running a violence and incident free election campaign. This is indeed commendable. I guess ZEC now have to do their part to ensure that the peace that ruled the campaign is translated into similar phase after the poll. The fact that ZEC is willing to apologise for gaffes is a plus for them. This is more than can be said for some other PR practictioners out there. Some PR people will not even be bothered with a response..it is sickening.

gutter poet - 30 July 2013

We only want votes to be counted at polling station like in 2008 (Mbeki Strategy). Because if we allow ballot boxes moved b4 counting them they will be changed in the way. YOU know what rigging starts with printing extra ballot papers, followed by the actual act of casting votes. Those recovered at special vote it was becoz there was no chance to cast the vote becoz the system was water tight.

student - 30 July 2013

WHY RUSH FOR ELECTIONS YET YOU ARE NOT PREPARED

Gumborehohwa - 30 July 2013

Rita no wonder you so ugly., you think you the wise- God will definitely take care of you, he is a true God and just, well you might enjoy today, getting those pats on your back, its just a matter of time, you creating problems for your family and the generation to come. Hell is waiting for you, its either you repent now and confess

bhunu - 30 July 2013

Zec said they printed 35 percent more ballot papers than needed to cover for mistakes and that “each and every ballot will be accounted for.” A total of 8.7 million ballots were printed against 6.4 million voters..... It tells us that the government have money to waste but not to improve our lives. 35% extra is too much who knows the exact percentage, its more than fifty percent so that they can rig as usual. This time ZANU PF thugs said that we want to win diplomatically and said that they don't want to kill and beat people because the can see. If RITA and your vasvetaropa/vabivepfuma are playing a clean game why are u doing things cecretly???

NOSMAS - 30 July 2013

If the duplicates were made by mistake then they must be destroyed.Its that simple Rita,and logic should inform you that.

Squarebasher - 30 July 2013

This WOMAN is not good at rigging she is exposing everything l suppose she failed her (MASTERS IN RIGGING) even a doom kop can not make such a mistake 35% is too much ,tell us how were we going to know this if it wasn;t for these OBSERVERS ,how are you going to resolve this with only hours to elections this is INCOMPETENCE AT ITS BEST ,PLIZ GOD HELP US .

CASHTALK - 30 July 2013

Hey wena, 35% extra ballots meant for 'mistakes.' May we know what kind of mistakes would warrant printing over 2 million extra ballot papers? I smell a mouse! Jutice Rita must explain what kind of these massive mistakes she anticipates. Is someone going to steal a whole truck load of ballot papers? That kind of number is enough for about three provinces worth of voters. Hey wena!

Chenjerai Hove - 30 July 2013

As we into the election tommorrow let us all be mindful of the fact that this election will not change who our neighbours are.. Mindful too that their children are our children and their pain is our pain..SO LET LOVE FOR YOUR NEIGHBOUR BE A NATIONAL SAMPLE OF TRUE LOVE. Let those among us who were denied opportunity to drink blood and roast babies during the campaign period be put to shame and if this diet was life sustaining for them let us look them straight in the face and say.".Its over now, this is 2013." Let who ever the people of this great land choose to lead them take the nation forward..let people do this without fear or coercion..As for ZEC, we expect no less than respect for the people's verdict. We found this land as it is lets leave it better than we found it so that our children and their children's children will do the same mindful of the fact that we are the ones who are passing through, Zimbabwe will be there for much longer than any one of us..this needless makes it bigger than all of us and it is our home we have no other.

gutter poet - 30 July 2013

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