ZEC Makes U-Turn On Police Voting In Bulawayo, Says Postal Voting Underway

After dismissing social media reports of police conducting postal voting in Bulawayo on Thursday as “hogwash and very stupid propaganda”, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Commissioner acting chief elections officer Mr Utloile Silaigwana made a u-turn and said postal voting was underway.

Silaigwana said ZEC has dispatched ballots to all those eligible to vote under the system. He justified the absence of ZEC officials in places where postal voting was taking place saying it is legal because ZEC cannot be everywhere. Said Silaigwana:

The postal vote process is underway. We have indeed dispatched some of the postal ballots not only to the police but all those who are eligible, including those in foreign missions. Since we have already dispatched some of the postal votes, we are expecting them to be casting their votes wherever they are and we are now waiting to receive back the postal votes so that we can take them to the respective polling stations…There is nothing wrong with the absence of ZEC there because remember let us say someone is Darfur on peace keeping mission or someone is at the embassy in the United States, do you think ZEC can be in all those places?

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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

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