Close to 2000 local and foreign observers have been accredited by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) after the electoral body turned away 84 aspiring local and foreign observers for failing to meet requirements.
The inspection and sealing of ballot boxes, ZEC said, would be done at 6:30am tomorrow at all polling stations. As of end of Wednesday, 1, 815 observers had been accredited with the number expected to rise on the eve of the referendum.
Harare had the highest number of people accredited with 1,454 while Bulawayo had 304 and Masvingo 57. The number of people coming for accreditation has increased on a daily basis since the process started on March 7, 2013
Mrs. Kazembe said several local and foreign organisations had been turned away for various reasons;"About 65 local observers had been turned away while 19 foreigners had also been sent back and You will find out that some did not pay the accreditation fees while others have uncleared passports and some organisations also thought ZEC would provide money for them to perform their observation duties".