No results in Zimbawe elections yet

01 Aug 2013 11:30
HARARE, 01 AUG (NAMPA) – The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) had by Thursday afternoon not announced a single set of results of the country’s harmonised elections, which took place here on Wednesday.
The elections sought to elect a new president, members of the National Assembly, and Local Authority Councillors.
It now appears unlikely that ZEC will meet its set deadline of announcing the results within five days after the closing of polling stations.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Act makes it illegal for anyone else outside the electoral commission to announce the results before ZEC has had the opportunity to do so.
No figures are available on the number of votes cast and also whether the extra ballot papers that were printed as replacement ballots were all used in the process.
The electoral commission came under fire from different sectors for printing over eight million ballots for a registered voter population of just above six million people.
ZEC has elected to keep the results close to its chest and has not been forthcoming with a set of results, especially in the National Assembly and Local Authority elections.
Results of the presidential elections are being channelled directly to ZEC’s main command centre situated at a five-star hotel in Harare for counting and verification, while those in the other elections are being counted at the respective polling stations where they had been cast.
ZEC could also not shed any light on whether the counting process of results in the national assembly and local authority elections has been completed.
Patience is clearly starting to wear thin amongst the many Zimbabweans who are awaiting the results with bated breath in the Zimbabwean capital.