ZEC flags 380 ineligible postal voting applications

R&M Writer

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has discovered more than 380 postal voting applications that are ineligible due to missing names on the voter’s roll.

As the country gears up for the August 23 elections, the revelation has brought attention to the importance of ensuring the integrity and accuracy of the electoral process.

ZEC is currently processing the applications for postal voting from members of the uniformed forces, and election officials who will be on duty on polling day.

“As soon as the verification exercise is complete, successful applicants will receive their requisite materials. The
process has been partially hamstrung by nomination appeals, which are yet to be determined by the courts.

These have a bearing on printing of ballot papers,” ZEC chief elections officer, Utloile Silaigwana said.

The Commission has so far accredited over 306 local observers and 85 journalists as the 2023 harmonised elections draw near with the process of accreditation of foreign observers being carried out.

“No foreign observers have been accredited yet. As of 21 July 2023, the Commission had accredited 391 people broken down as 306 local observers and 85 local journalists. All observers must abide by the Code of Conduct
for observers,” Silaigwana said.

The cut off date for application of observers is slotted for 18 August just few days before the general elections to allow
the observers to file their applications. For local observers they are required to pay a fee of US$10
while African observers are to pay a sum of US$100, observers from foreign embassies in the country are paying US$300 with observers beyond the borders of Africa are expected to pay US$400.

ZEC is in a process of printing of ballot papers that will be used during the 2023 general elections.

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