The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has released a statement distancing itself from a mobile application which is doing the rounds on the Whatsapp platform. The application produces a message which seems to be in favour of president Emmerson Mnangagwa. In a Statement, Zec said,
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) would like to disassociate itself with an app circulating on the WhatsApp platform. The app has a ZEC logo and the message “Click to vote.” When one follows the command, the following message appears:”Congratulations! You have voted for Emmerson Dambudzo Munangagwa. Your vote counts.”(sic).
Members of the public are hereby advised that the message did not originate from ZEC and would like to state that the Commission does not use WhatsApp to communicate public information. At present, ZEC is using the mainstream media, the ZECWebsite ZEC Twitter handle @ZECzirn and bulk SMS messaging to communicate wall die public.
The Commission is also advising the public that it is not possible for upcoming election candidates to receive votes through a mobile phone app since voters have to present themselves physically at their respective allocated polling stations to cast their ballots on polling day.
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