Final Election Results Lacked Reliability And Were Not Verifiable: EU Election Observer Mission

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The European Union Election Observer Mission (EUEOM) has said that the July 30 Harmonised elections fell short of international standards as they final results lacked reliability and were not verifiable. This was said by EU EOM Deputy Chief Observer Mark Stevens on Wednesday when the mission presented its final report on the July 30 harmonised elections.

Part of the EUEOM final report executive summary reads:

Presidential results announced by ZEC were based on figures from the provincial level. ZEC also provided a CD-ROM with polling station figures set out in excel format. As this was not a presentation of the actual V11 forms from each polling station, the CD-ROM did not provide the level of transparency, traceability and verifiability which was hoped for and which could have been achieved. Further, the figures presented by ZEC in the CD-ROM contained a large number of errors and inaccuracies. While these may not bring in to question the outcome per se, the errors do raise enough questions to have doubt as to the exact accuracy and reliability of the figures presented. The information provided by ZEC attests to a lack of quality control in its work, notably given that this was such a critical aspect of the elections. It is also notable that the provinces with the highest margin of votes in favour of the ruling party have been the areas with the highest number of reports of “smart intimidation”, misuse of state resources, involvement of traditional leaders and other electoral malpractices

When asked by Peta Thornycroft if the EUEOM had discovered any evidence that the elections were rigged, Stevens said,

When it comes to the results process we consciously don’t seek to certify the outcome of an election. At the end of the day, the European Union Observation MIssion… we don’t have the capacity to certify the outcome of results…the result needs to be presented in a coherent and transparent way… the result needs to be verifiable, the result needs to be traceable…We were very critical of the electoral commission’s presentation of the results because it did not enable that level of verifiability.




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