Govt-run firms to print ballot papers

HARARE - State-owned companies, Fidelity Printers and Printflow, have commenced the printing of ballot papers to be used during the forthcoming harmonised elections.

Zimbabweans will on July 30 cast their votes in a watershed poll to choose a president, Members of Parliament, senators and councillors.

In a statement, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) said Fidelity Printers — owned by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe — will print ballot papers for the presidential and National Assembly elections while another government-run entity, Printflow, will print local authority ballot papers.

Opposition parties and other civic service organisations had in the past voiced their concerns regarding Zec’s choice of printers, arguing that the selection process should have been done through an open public tender.

However, Zec refused to buckle to the opposition demands, saying the designing, printing and distribution of ballot papers were the sole responsibility of Zec, according to the Constitution and Electoral Act.

“Anyone else other than Zec demanding to be involved in these functions directly or indirectly is deemed by the Commission as one attempting to usurp the powers and independence of the electoral management body,” Zec said.

The commission has, however, allowed all the contesting political parties to witness the initial stage of the printing of the ballot papers in a move aimed at fostering transparency.

“In the spirit of transparency and stakeholder engagement, the commission invited stakeholders including representatives of all political parties contesting residential elections, local and foreign observers, embassies as well as civic society and faith-based organisations to witness ballot paper printing at Fidelity Printers last Friday,” Zec said.

Meanwhile, a number of candidates from both the ruling Zanu PF and the opposition MDC Alliance have withdrawn from standing in this month’s harmonised elections, according to Zec.

Due to a number of reasons, there were many constituencies where candidates from the same political party were vying for the same seat.

The MDC Alliance was the worst affected, with double candidates emerging in at least 14 constituencies.

The issue of double candidates was also prevalent in local government elections.

According to Zec, Zanu PF candidates namely Martin Dinha (Mazowe North) and Loice Magweba (Harare Central) withdrew from the forthcoming elections.

Regarding the MDC Alliance, those who withdrew their names include Clifford Nhamburo (Goromonzi West), Ernest Madingo (Gutu Central), Knowledge Mupini (Gutu West), William Zivenge (Zaka West), Tinashe Jinga (Chimanimani West) and Relief Chipere (Zengeza West).

Comments (5)

this is like playing a football match where the host team provides the match officials from their own technical department....

legosta - 4 July 2018

ZEC is a zanu pf institution which is there to serve zanu pf that is why they do not want to listen to what the opposition say. zanu pf thinks we have forgotten 1979-80 when Mugabe used to complain about uneven playing field when Muzorewa and ian smith were in power, we know all about it. The army, people trusted and still trust you, police its time to change and CIOs redeem yourselves for its time for you to do so for your families, grandchildren and generation to come. You cannot allow yourselves to be used and manipulated by a few individuals who do not have a vision.

nhemacena - 4 July 2018

Regai vakuru vakati munhu haumbofa wakamugona. Guys you were saying a lot of things concerning the printing of ballot papers, muchiti you want to know the companies. Now the information is there and you are told. Instead of appreciating you are now shifting goal posts. So where are we going. It shows you MDC Alliance you are not organised. So how can we vote for such people like, better we back to the old skool. We have seen what they can deliver and to what extent.

access - 5 July 2018

Mr Access the story begins with these companies which are printing the ballot paper. The idea is not to know the name of the company but how are they doing it. The process should be transparent. It's of no use to have a government run company which is controlled by the Z. PF government, what do you expect. Panenyanya

wejazi - 5 July 2018

The real issue is that both ZEC and ZANU PF would want the ballot papers and not the voter to vote, Already they have planned in advance which series of ballot papers are going to which constituencies so as to achieve what results. PASI NE CHEMICALLY TREATED BALLOT PAPER. rWENDO RUNO MANYANGIRA YAONA!

Rigging Machinery - 8 July 2018

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