ZEC sets $274m budget for 2018 polls

Justice Rita Makarau

Justice Rita Makarau

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter—
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) needs $274 million to successfully conduct the 2018 harmonised elections.ZEC chairperson Justice Rita Makarau revealed this yesterday in a document she presented to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Gender and Community Development.

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The electoral body appeared before the committee to brief it on their preparedness to hold next year’s elections, legal issues to ensure political parties adhere to constitutional provisions on gender equality and measures to protect women and children against political violence.

“The responsibility of the funding for the whole electoral process lies with the Government of Zimbabwe. A consolidated budget requirement has since been submitted to Treasury for funding in the sum of $274 million.

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“ZEC is confident that Treasury will avail the funding as it has funded all the past by-elections and the acquisition of the BVR kits.

“This is the funding that will enable ZEC to procure all election material necessary and to pay all allowances necessary to ensure not only a successful vote registration exercise but a free and fair election in 2018,” ZEC said in the statement. Turning to gender equality, Justice Makarau said they had no authority to meddle in political parties’ internal affairs.

“As an elections management body, we have no legal mandate to delve into the internal affairs of political parties and tell them how to structure themselves. We cannot compel parties to filled women candidates. We cannot dictate who their candidates will be,” she said.

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Justice Makarau however, said as ZEC they were working with various development partners to encourage women participation in politics. The ZEC chairperson said they would embark of a countrywide voter education campaign ahead of registration that should be done before the end of the year.

She also said draft voter registration regulations were now with the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and would be gazetted in the coming two weeks.

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  • Moe_Scyslack2

    Voting in Zim is an exercise in futility when Zanu foot soldiers Makarau and Mudede are busy oiling the rigging machine. Really sad.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    I know Blair lost the votes. Our dear leader still gets his votes. But Blair`s political pollution still holds high among our political opposition to ZANU PF lot. So I am not literally speaking of neo-colonial politically dead Blair himself but his ideas seizing the minds of all the various split groups that arose from MDC. Thank Heavens ,the stooges are devoid of pro Zimbabwe ideology and they will continue languishing as opposition nonentities in our vibrant democracy. Zimbabweans don`t vote for dinosaurs, but our modern & alive ZANU PF. Be reminded of what Biti said after the 2013 elections at the SAPES post elections discussion forum. As then Sec Gen for MDCT, he categorically admitted that ZANU PF won because our manifesto was more attractive to voters than that for MDCT. We remember Biti pictured with his MDCT executive at a rally top table reading a colorful copy of the ZANU PF manifesto,sitting next to Tsvangirai who never reprimanded his Sec Gen. So ZANU PF is not politically agonizing . Never mind our not meeting all the promises in our manifesto because of continued sanctions. Zimbabweans like Christians waiting for their Christ, will always trust our party which will deliver during the coming term . Its MDCT that is about to receive its political obituary in 2018. KKKKKiiiii

    • MkanyaGP

      You actually are a fool who pretends to be intelligent. Which election did Tony Blair loose? And speaking of vibrant democracy, are you really thinking right or with you **?

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        The Labour Party did not continue to vote for the leadership of foolish Blair who,together with Bush, lied and killed the innocent Iraq leader. Go and vote in England if you have no appetite for our democracy. Another Mkanya Thomas Mapfumo is voting in the US.

  • Musafare

    Costs incurred by ZEC could be even less if “independent” ZEC makes no effort to recommend to Government changes of elections laws to facilitate participation of 3 million excluded diaspora voters unable to register and vote easily, representing more than 40% of potential eligible Zimbabwean voters.
    Even allowing for population growth since the 2012 census recorded a 13 061 239 population, without 3 million from the diaspora denied simple registration and voting, plus large numbers convinced of systematic Zanu-PF and ZEC rigging who won’t bother to register or vote, any new “sanitised” voters’ roll presented by ZEC with more than 4 million living and corrected names on it will be highly suspect.
    As for ZEC’s fantasist 7 million person voters’ role they project to obtain and use for 2018, they must know in advance how far they’ve already undermined any credibility in ZEC declared results.

  • MkanyaGP

    $274m is nothing. I am sure those with the $15bn will be able to chip in easily.

  • Matoenda

    Considering the parlous state of Zimbabwe’s bankrupt economy, and please no more fictitious sanctions excuses for incompetence and corruption on Zanu-pf’s behalf, we expect a cost benefit analysis to be welcome by anyone with minimum academic qualifications and working experience in the domain. Seriously though, we know the inflated $274m budget is there to justify and attract more Western donor funding support. As for the Zanu government, they’ll just issue more worthless Treasury Bills to inflate the national debt and increase virtual dollars floating around the banking system, leaving future generations to sort out and pay for the multi-billion dollar mess left by the soon to be extinct Mugabe corrupt regime.

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      “soon to be extinct ……corrupt regime“. How dare you dream nonsense. Wait and see to your chagrin the 2018 elections results. The sanctions are real. They are the main reason why the majority of Zimbabweans still vote for ZANU PF, because of the land issue which triggered the sanctions. Yes our economy is sick because of sanctions. Make your foolish take but you wont win against the majority strength and awareness ,in respect of the economic nadir causality equation.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    My sugar bean crop did well. I cannot complain about our successful land reform. I am a successful A1 farmer in Goromonzi ,just outside Harare. Ndiri muzvinavhu ,the land owner. In Cde Chinos linguistic style we say , “Dis is wati we dayidi for, ours ivhu !“.

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    Totally agree. And then let it crash and burn. It’s just a matter of time anyways. We are almost there. Wasting $274m so Makarau can hire her husband and friends to provide shady tenders? Hell no.

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    Wapedza. This stinks. Makarau knows Zanu will provide the funds since they are the ones who want to legitimize their ‘victory’. Maybe they can just save us the money since the ballot numbers are already being counted by Mudede and Makarau.