20 March 2013

Zimbabweans Commended for Vote Conduct

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission yesterday released results of the Constitutional referendum held over the weekend to give Zimbabweans the opportunity to adopt or reject the proposed amendments to the country's constitution.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has hailed Zimbabweans for endorsing the draft constitution.

Addressing the media in Harare yesterday, the PM said the overwhelming vote for the draft was a landmark achievement for the country.

According to figures released by ZEC's Chief Elections Officer, Mr. Lovemore Sekeramayi, 3,079, 966 people voted for the adoption of the draft while 179,489 voted "No". A total of 56,627 ballots were rejected, bringing to 3,316,082 the total number of votes cast in the referendum.

This means that the President gets to enjoy two-term when elected into office in July when elections take place.

Addressing Journalists, ZEC chairperson, Justice Rita Makarau commended Zimbabweans for voting peacefully and their patience while finalizing the collation process on Monday. Although the law allows ZEC to release referendum results in five days, weekend poll results were announced in three days she added.

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