Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba has said that the commission is not directed by foreign observers. Speaking to The Herald in an interview, the ZEC leader said that while the commission does engage with the observers to educate them on Zimbabwe’ electoral laws, it is not under their control.
“foreign observers or envoys cannot place us under their direction or control but we do have engagements with them, where they try and understand our electoral laws. We try and disseminate information saying in this jurisdiction this is what the law says with regards to such and such. We are not influenced by them although they are one of our vital stakeholders and we do have discussions with them.”
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On Friday, the Election Observer Mission (EOM) said that great efforts must be made to ensure public and political confidence in the 2018 elections.
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The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is an independent body which controls and or manages all election processes at all levels in Zimbabwe. Despite being registered as a non-partisan body, ZEC has been criticised for aligning itself with the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU... Read More About Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
Justice Priscilla Chigumba is a judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe and the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Justice Chigumba succeded Justice Rita Makarau as the chairperson of ZEC. Chigumba was appointed the chairperson of ZEC on 31 January 2018. Read More About Priscilla Chigumba