ZEC reveals ballot paper logistics

Libinance Dokora

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Chief Elections Officer Utloile Silaigwana has disclosed information regarding the printing and distribution of ballot papers in anticipation of the 2023 harmonised elections, scheduled to take place next week on Wednesday.

This development follows an urgent High Court application filed by the main opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), seeking to compel the electoral board to release information about the ballot papers to all participating political entities in the elections.

In an election notice, Silaigwana, said that ballot papers for the presidential, National Assembly, and Local Authority elections have been printed for the upcoming polls.

The statement read; “Pursuant to section 52A (2) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13], this serves as official notification that a total of seven million, one hundred and twenty-six thousand, six hundred (7,126,600) presidential ballot papers; seven million, ninety-eight thousand, seven hundred and fifty (7,098,750) National Assembly ballot papers; and six million, eight hundred and sixty-one thousand, six hundred and fifty (6,861,650) local authority ballot papers have been printed for the 2023 Harmonised Elections scheduled for August 23, 2023.”

The Minting and Printing Company of Zimbabwe (MPCZ), located at Number 1, George Drive, Msasa Harare, has been tasked with the responsibility of printing all ballot papers intended for use in the 2023 Harmonised Elections.

Silaigwana said that the varying numbers of ballot papers printed for each of the three elections are due to specific circumstances. For the National Assembly election, an independent candidate for the Gutu West National Assembly Constituency passed away, leading to the postponement of that particular election to a later date.

Regarding the local authority election, elections will not be held in ninety-one wards.

This is because the candidates for those wards either emerged uncontested or four candidates unfortunately passed away.
The ward elections for these cases will be rescheduled to a later date.

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