Over 12k polling stations for elections

Farirayi Kahwemba

A total of 12 370 polling stations will be utilised during the upcoming harmonised elections on August 23, according to preliminary figures released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

The figure represents an increase of 869 polling stations when compared to the previous figures released by ZEC on July 2.

However, concerns have been raised by observers about the decision by ZEC not to publish the codes of the polling station while there have been similar calls for the release of an updated voters’ roll.

ZEC chief elections officer Utoile Silaigwana gave an assurance that the polling stations would also be accessible to the public, including individuals who are disabled.

Said Silaigwana: “The polling stations shall be located at the centres specified in the schedule. Polling shall take place from 7am to 7pm for the purpose of electing the state president, members of the national assembly and councillors.”

According to the electoral act, polling stations must not be located on premises owned or occupied by political parties or candidates, in police stations, barracks or other areas permanently occupied by police officers or members of the defence forces.

Silaigwana revealed that Bulawayo metropolitan will have 434 polling stations, Matabeleland North (918) and Matabeleland South (709).
The postal votes, which began in June and closed recently, marked the beginning of the electoral process.

ZEC has also overseen the National Council of Chiefs elections while registered voters across the whole country will be able to take part in the harmonised elections on August 23.

Elections in Zimbabwe are held after every five years, in line with provisions in the country’s constitution that empower citizens to elect the president and members of parliament through the ballot box.

Many observers from Africa and other parts of the world have been accredited to witness the historic polls

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