Govt avails $132m for 2018 polls

HARARE – Government has set aside $132,2 million for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to successfully conduct the 2018 harmonised elections.

The vote is a far-cry from the $274 million demanded by Zec.

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said the allocation was “over and above resources provided for voter registration under the 2017 budget.”

Independent election observer group, Election Resource Centre, said having the money on elections set aside was commendable.

“Sadly, it is less than the projection shared by Zec. However, for the planning processes expected during the pre-election phase of the election cycle to be complete, Zec needs to finalise its operational plan which must be a matter of public record,” said the Election Resource Centre (ERC).

ERC said to date all election processes have been undertaken on the basis of short- term plans shared on the eve of their roll-out.