#2018ZimElections: 50% Spoiled Ballots as Zim Police Vote in Secret

Harare — Vigilant and defiant police officers forced to cast their votes under the watchful eye of their superiors in the absence of election observers and party agents have exposed the shenanigans by under fire Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), with 50 percent recorded spoiled ballots. 

Meanwhile, ZEC has dismissed as “hogwash and very stupid propaganda” reports of postal votes ahead of the July 30th general elections, though the police confirmed the exercise.

“This is hogwash and very stupid propaganda because in the first place they (social media) have photos of a police officer standing near a ballot box yet with postal voting a voter doesn’t use a ballot box. 

“Postal is an individual who says I am applying for postal voting and he or she is given a ballot paper in an envelope and he returns it sealed.
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“This is cheap propaganda without substance at all. This is coming from a person who doesn’t even understand the process. The pictures they put have nothing to do with postal vote and these people just want cause despondency in the country.”

But according to Senior Assistant Police Commissioner Charity Charamba, the postal voting was conducted in the city’s Rose Camp as some provisions of Zimbabwe’s Electoral Act.

“Yes there are police who are voting who are using the postal votes which is provided for under the Electoral Act, Section 72 Chapter 2:13 which entitles especially those from the disciplined forces who will be on duty during the voting days to vote prior to the elections.

“This is done because some of the police officers are going to be deployed at polling stations which are very far away from their polling stations.”

Asked about reports that there were no ZEC officials at the polling station in the city, Charamba said she needed to verify that with relevant information but noted that some observers were monitoring the process.

“There are election observers there who are right there and the officer commanding province for Bulawayo where this complaint has emanated from is on the ground with election observers.”

Meanwhile, Proffer Jonathan Moyo has claimed that the army has oredere senior police offers to vote for the security forces. 

"After #ZEC's postal ballot scam at ZRP's Ross Camp in Byo abusively denied by #ZEC today, PROPOL Ncube has been ordered by the Military to set a team of 20 senior police officers to vote ZanuPF on ballot papers for 2,000 junior officers tonight," Moyo charged.

Charamba said they need to verify the number of police officers expected to do postal voting. Almost 8,000 people, including diplomats, have applied for postal voting.

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