ZEC ready to hold by-elections

ZEC ready to hold by-elections

          Justice Priscilla Chigumba

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it is ready to hold by-elections under strict Covid-19 protocols after receiving funds from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.

This was revealed when political parties represented in parliament met Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) officials in Harare this Tuesday.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, ZEC Chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba said they are ready to hold by-elections after the electoral management body received funds to procure required materials.

“We are ready for by-elections and others, we received funding from government to procure resources and we are always ready to hold by-elections,” she said.

Justice Chigumba said it is important to have such interactions with political parties to appraise them on electoral requirements.

“Political parties meetings are crucial in that we tell these members what is required. We need to train their polling agents such that they are aware of what is expected out of them,” she said.

She also revealed that ZEC will continue with the voter registration process.

“We haven’t stopped voter registration, it is an ongoing process. We wanted to do a blitz and that’s the one which we have halted,” she said.

This comes after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced that by-elections will be held in the first quarter of next year.