Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Commissioner Qhubani Moyo said they did not allow parties to touch or feel the ballot paper because it is illegal.
Moyo said they allowed political parties to observe the ballot printing process but could not allow them to inspect the ballot paper because it is not allowed by law. Said Moyo:
The political parties were allowed to observe the printing of the ballot paper at Fidelity Printers in which they saw it from a gallery side. The requirements of the printing regulations at Fidelity Printers is that when you do the observation, you do it from the printing gallery. What we later heard from the parties is that they actually wanted to be involved in the process of touching, getting to the printing press, things that are not allowed in terms of the law. We also want to remind the people of Zimbabwe that the prerogative of the printing of the ballot lies with the Commission. The process of allowing parties to go in and observe was a way of trying to find consensus and common ground with political parties so that we can minimise on conflict and we did our duty. We can’t go beyond, that will be unlawful.
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