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4 Reasons Why Zimbabwean People Don’t Trust Their Electoral Commission

In both responses and actions to legal concerns, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission ( ZEC ) has  failed to motivate assurance days prior of the elections.

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As the people of Zimbabwe approaches general elections which is scheduled to take place on 30th July, there’s a worrying situation appearing whereby those asking a lot of questions about the election process are facing an out-cast and their concerns are being minimized and mocked.

Do you think it’s ok for them to be worried?

Let’s see a few of these issues and try to understand why the opposition feels irritated.

1). The roll of a voter

Questions arose over elections in Zimbabwe when the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission ( ZEC ) failed to provide the voters roll from it’s first arrangement. This space raised voices among the opposition and with genuine reason. In the elections of 2013, the electoral body failed to deliver an electronic copy of the voters roll and they were worried it might fall short once again.

2). The design and printing of ballot papers

Another argument concerns the designing and printing of ballot papers, and of which both were kept opaque.Other people have a feeling that perhaps these things are less important.The candidate’s position on a ballot paper won’t alter who exactly people vote for, they disagree and they might be right anyway, though it’s not the point of the controversy.

However, the uproar concerning the ballot paper design is an abuse to the high literacy rate of Zimbabwe.

3). Defending falsification

Last month in June, a picture of Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson, Chigumba Priscilla appeared wearing a famous ZANU-PF fabric heavily interconnected with president Mnangagwa.

This might have breached the Electoral law on section 11(3)(c) , which prevents a commissioner from deliberately putting on any attire or badge which might be associated with any candidate or political party opposing any election, but Priscilla stated that the pictured fabric was taken before she was appointed, and yet according to the sources, the picture was reportedly taken after she was appointed as the Chairperson of  ZEC.

4). Electoral Commission’s worthless responses

Finally, another concern comes up in a way that when the opposition and their supporters expresses their grief, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and it’s commissioners responds in a worthless manner.

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