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ZEC Refutes Chipinge By-election Rigging Allegations

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has refuted reports claiming that voters in the by-election in Ward 16 of Chipinge Rural District Council were being asked to take pictures of their marked ballots at polling stations.

In a statement on Saturday evening, ZEC Chief Elections Officer Utloile Silaigwana said the presiding officers are aware of the law and will ensure the secrecy of the ballot. Reads the statement:

Allegations of Rigging

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission would like to inform the public that allegations of voters being forced to take pictures of their marked ballots at polling stations in ward 16 of Chipinge Rural District Council are false.

The presiding officers are very much aware of the provisions of the law in that regard.

Section 57 of the Electoral Act (c)(i) clearly states that the ballot must be marked secretly while Section 4(d) of the Fourth Schedule states that it is prohibited to reveal the identity of the candidate voted for.

Section 25 of the Electoral Regulations of 2005 further state that no person shall within a polling station take any photographs while polling is in progress except with the permission of the constituency elections officer or take any photograph of any person within a polling booth.

These regulations are meant to protect the secrecy of the ballot.

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One Comment on “ZEC Refutes Chipinge By-election Rigging Allegations

  1. You guys have a penchant to deny everything without interrogating the facts in issue. Here the allegations are against a certain party that orders or instructs voters to come back to the village after voting with a picture of their ballot paper to show where they would have placed their vote. For crying out loud, the taking of the pictures of the ballot happens when one is alone in the voting booth!!
    ZEC please wake up; you don’t have to just go on to disown this allegation – it is true and it is happening

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