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Justice Priscilla Chigumba the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has said that she recently learned of new technologies to reduce electoral disputes after observing the Russian elections. She said that the electoral commission would consider the use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) in polling stations. However, she did not give a specific timeline. Said Chigumba,
I learnt of new technologies which we can possibly adopt here. I looked at the technology and asked myself, ‘How can we make our elections have less challenges of disputes?’
Russians have cameras in all their polling stations. In terms of technology, that is very good. The cameras were not directly above the polling booth but would capture images of everyone going in and out.
I was also acquainted with the electronic ballot box which automatically switches on when polling begins. It has an electronic counter that counts the number of ballot papers as people vote, and you will be able to know the number of people who would have voted at any given point.
… We got to one polling station at 10:30 am, and they had registered exactly 1 170 voters in just a couple of hours. The ballot box is tamper-proof. It cannot be opened and switches off automatically when polling stops. It transmits information electronically to the election information centre.
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