The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has been accused of setting up shady polling stations by BVR, electoral administration, human rights and data science experts. The experts who spoke to NewsDay said that Zec had set up at least 8 centres to serve less than 100 people each with one centre in particular meant to serve only two people. Part of the report from the experts reads,
Nevertheless, despite the average number per polling station being slightly above 500, 241 polling stations had less than 100 voters.
What is more worrying is the fact that of the 241, eight of the polling stations had only less than 10 people ascribed to them, the least being Kudzwe Turn-Off Tent with only two voters, Savuli Compound Hall (Bikita East) with six voters, Pagati Primary School (Matobo) seven voters, Ruminya Secondary School (Mashava) seven voters, Mabalauta Camp Shed (Gonarezhou) seven voters, Mbizingwe Pre-School (Umzingwane) eight voters, Gunundwi Compound Hall (Bikita) nine voters and Mukore Compound Hall (Bikita) with nine voters only. In total, among those polling stations with the least number of voters, 63 polling stations had 50 voters or less.
Zec is yet to respond to the allegations although it has reached out to NewsDay for a copy of the report.
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