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Dispatch of Ballot Papers Press Statement

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Dispatch of Ballot Papers Press Statement

PRESS STATEMENT ON DISPATCH OF BALLOT PAPER

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is in receipt of reports that some observers are accosting its staff with regard to distribution of electoral material including ballot paper. The Commission wishes to remind all stakeholders that in terms of Section 239 (g) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, it is the responsibility of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to design, print and distribute ballot papers among other functions.

It is also a requirement of the law in terms of Section 52A [Chapter 2:13] to provide all political parties and candidates including observers with information on the name of the printer, the total number of ballot papers printed and the number of ballot papers distributed to each polling station. This will be done after the printing and dispatch of the ballot papers is completed.

In the Zimbabwean Electoral system, ballot papers are accounted for to political party agents and observers prior to commencement of polling when presiding officers account for the polling material they have received. It is at this juncture that both polling agents and observers will be required to note the serial numbers of the ballot papers to be used.

At this stage therefore, the Commission reserves the right to print, transport and distribute all election material without interference from any person. Any interference with the Commission’s functions by any person may be interpreted as interruption prohibited in terms of Section 186 of the Electoral Act. All stakeholders are also reminded to adhere to their respective codes of conduct or they risky flouting the country’s laws and being stripped of their status.