14 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Govt to Provide Resources for Referendum

Head of Government, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, has met with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission officials where the issues to do with the commission's preparedness for the referendum and elections were discussed.

Some of the resolutions from the meeting included financing for the commission's activities, delimitation and the voters' roll.

"We had a meeting to prepare for the referendum and elections. We are going to get funding mainly from Government," ZEC deputy chairperson Joyce Kazembe told journalists after the meeting.

"We now need $85 million for the referendum down from the initial $105 million while the elections money has dropped to $107 million from $115 million," Kazembe said after meeting the Premier.

The meeting resolved that delimitation and the use of the voters' roll during the referendum be scrapped to ensure that every documented Zimbabwean participates in the important national process.

Deputy Justice Minister Obert Gutu said that Government would source for the funds for the referendum and elections.

"Only a quarter of the money needed will be out sourced but the rest is going to be provided by the government," Gutu told journalists.

Among the preparations needed for the two processes is the buying of indelible ink which Gutu said needs $900 000. The ink manufacturers need 8weeks to produce it. The ink is used to lessen double voting.

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