10 January 2013

Zimbabwe: PM Engages ZEC

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday met with Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) officials and other stakeholders over delays in the voter registration exercise.

Speaking after the meeting, William Bango the PM's spokesperson said the Premier wanted the process to begin immediately.

"The PM was concerned with the delays in the voter registration exercise. He met with all people concerned to discuss the way forward," Bango said.

"PM Tsvangirai wants the process fast tracked and everything has been resolved. ZEC will now be fully in charge for the operations," he added.

Acting Minister of Finance, Theresa Makone, said she had been tasked with availing the resources required to kick-start the process in preparation for the referendum and elections expected this year.

"The initial funds to start the process have been made available and I am just going to authorize that the money be released," Makone said

Joyce Laetitia Kazembe, ZEC vice chairperson said the commission was ready to begin intensive voter registration and education.

"We are ready to roll. We are just waiting for the money to be released. The Prime Minister has been facilitating our activities."

Kazembe said ZEC needs $8 million for voter education.

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