Zec Says Political Parties Will Be Allowed To Observe Printing Of Ballot Papers, Test Chemical Composition Of Papers
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has said that all political parties will be allowed to observe the printing of the ballot papers. The parties will also be allowed to have their experts to test the papers’ chemical composition. Speaking to NesDay, Zec Commissioner Qhubani Moyo said
As means of compromise and to minimise conflict that was arising, the commission has decided to invite political parties contesting the elections to come and observe the process of printing the ballot paper. They will be allowed to test the paper….Political parties will be allowed to use their experts in chromatography to see whether the paper allows for migration of a mark from candidate A to candidate B. We will run an exercise where we will give them (political parties) a paper and let them put an X on candidate A. The paper is going to be put in a place where it will be guarded for 12 hours and we want to see whether the following day the X would have migrated.
MDC Alliance spokesperson Welshman Ncube said,
We need to ensure that we have agents at the printing process, throughout the process because allowing us to inspect the ballot papers being printed as a one-off issue is not enough. We must be there when they distribute the same so that we are sure if what we are seeing is what will be used on election day. Zec is not doing us a favour at all, but it is what is required to avoid mistrust.
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