Zim election credible: ECF Sadc

HARARE - Electoral Commissions Forum of the Southern African Development Community (ECF Sadc) has endorsed Wednesday’s elections as peaceful, credible and efficient.

Advocate Notemba Tjipuejan, told a news conference at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) Command Centre in Harare, that Zimbabweans must accept the results.

The ECF Sadc is an independent organisation in which each country of the Sadc region is represented by its electoral management body.

The ECF Sadc members include the electoral management bodies (EMBs) of all 15 Sadc countries, except Madagascar which is yet to join.

Tjipuejan said they observed that most polling stations they visited opened and closed on the stipulated times, although some had to delay closing to accommodate voters who were already in the queue.

Indelible ink was used at all polling stations, contrary to some reports that the ink was non-permanent.

Despite massive irregularities within the voters’ roll, the process was free, fair and credible, the commission’s observer team has said.

The Botswana-registered organisation said although the voters’ roll was not clean and participating candidates were not availed the register in time, the team still believes the 2013 election was credible.

“Over and above, the commission recommends that there is need to clean up the voters’ roll to ensure accuracy and adherence to legal provisions governing the elections, that is, voters’ roll and inspection,” she said.

The 25-member team which covered this elections process from July 23 said it was concerned about the failure of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to avail the voters’ roll in time, and the use registration slips as it was prone to manipulation.

Meanwhile, Zec says 290 303 people in Manicaland voted out of 807 300 people registered to vote.

Zec said people who were in queues by the official closing time, were allowed to cast their vote and the voting was done in a peaceful manner.

“The mission has noted with satisfaction that Zec collaborated with civil society organisations to carry out voter education throughout the country,” she said.

“However, concerns were expressed over the time period allotted to this important exercise. The commendable efforts of Zec in the area of voter education is clearly manifested in the high number of voters registered for this elections.”

The commission also expressed satisfaction with the role played by the security forces.

“The mission noted with satisfaction that there was visible policing during political rallies and all voting stations ensured law and order,” she said.

Tjipuejan said the commission gave media coverage of the campaigns and polling day a thumbs up.

“The mission noted with satisfaction the existence of the Media Monitoring Committee chaired by Zec to give effect to this statutory mandate,” she said.

Comments (3)

Some youths casted more than 20 prevoted ballot papers.Thats why ZEC had to print 2 million excess ballot papers to inflate the results in favour of ZANU.Take heart pple of zimbabwe God is in control.

kuda - 2 August 2013

This (ECF)SADC came here to make a mokery out of us as the electorate .They came to endorse MUGABE to be the president nothing else & the sorry thing about this is that even the justice system is in full control of ZANU any case of the MDC is going to be thrown out of the window ,ANY UPRISING that happens TSVANGIRAI IS GOING TO BE THROWN IN JAIL & CHARGED WITH TREASON ,END OF STORY, evidence of irregularities is there but AU &SADC CHOSE TO IGNORE THIS mind you GOD IS FOR EVERYONE ONE .BUT TO THOSE WHO ASSIST THE DEVIL HE WILL PUNISH YOU DEARLY , be warned

CASHTALK - 2 August 2013

What is wrong with our brothers and sisters in Zim? How did you agree to go to the polls without voters' roll? Now you have given mandate to uncle Bob for another 5 years at 89! You have no mercy, do you want him to die in state house?

Makuli - 3 August 2013

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