22 February 2013

Zimbabwe: ZEC to Print 12 Million Ballot Papers

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission will print 12 million ballots for the Constitution referendum to be held on March 16. ZEC presented copies of the ballot paper to stakeholders and members of the public for inspection at their offices in Harare thsi afternoon.

Over 9 000 polling stations are also going to be used during the referendum.

Acting ZEC chairperson Mrs Joyce Kazembe said the decision to print 12 million ballots was brought about by the manner in which the referendum is going to be conducted.

She however allayed fears that there could be manipulation of the vote.

'We had wanted to use the voters' roll to run the referendum to ensure control but we were told that we should stick to what the law says.

"As you know the Referendum Act says anyone with a national identity card and over 18 is allowed to vote so we decided that 12 million ballots would ensure that ballots do not run out during elections.

She said since people would be allowed to vote anywhere in the country, ZEC had also decided to increase teh number of ballots normally allocated to a polling station to cater for any increases that might occur.

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