Expedite appointment of new Zec head: Zesn

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) has called upon the government to expedite the appointment of a new Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson.

Zec chairperson Rita Makarau, seen as an ally of former president Robert Mugabe, resigned on Thursday.

The resignation came at a critical time in Zimbabwe’s electoral cycle with key electoral processes such as the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) blitz underway.

“Zesn calls upon the government to expedite the appointment of the new Zec chairperson in line with Section 238 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, to ensure that there is ample time to acclimatise to the new position and oversee key electoral processes before the next elections,” Zesn said in a statement yesterday.

Zesn called on government to avail adequate resources to ensure that the Commission manages its own budget independent of government control.

Government set aside $132,2 million in the 2018 National Budget for the Zec to successfully conduct the 2018 harmonised elections.

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