FULL TEXT: Clarification On Suspension Of Electoral Activities – ZEC

ZEC has released the following statement in which is it offering a further clarification on the suspension of electoral activities. Read the statement below:

Clarification on Suspension of Electoral Activities

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) stands guided by the Constitution and the Electoral Act in its operations. The suspension of by-elections and other electoral activities was done in compliance with ex-ecutive Presidential powers invoked as a result of a global pandemic recognised by the law as An Act of God. It therefore follows that the by elections were suspended in terms of the Covid19 Regulations and not in terms of the Electoral Act and its stipulated time frarnes as some sections of society would like to believe.

Again it should be noted that by-elections were suspended and not postponed which means that they will be conducted when lockdown restrictions have been relaxed to allow such activi-ties to resume without posing danger to the health of those involved. The Commission would like to advise its stakeholders to be patient while it finalises a draft on the Covid19 Electoral Practice Policy that will guide electoral staff, the electorate and other stakeholders on how to conduct themselves before, during and after electoral processes to avoid contracting the novel Coronavirus. The policy will also clearly spell out activities that will be conducted by the Commission during the current level 2 lockdown period.

It is important to note that before the policy is implemented, stakeholders shall be consulted in the spirit of transparency and inclusivity.

The Commission would like to remind the public that those electoral activities that require gatherings remain suspended to avoid violating lockdown measures currently in place.

Any queries and comments in this regard should be directed to the ZEC Public Relations Department on 0242770340, email jrnanyau@zec.org.zw , Twitter handle: @ZECzim and Facebook page: ZecZimbabwe

Chief Elections Officer

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