4 000 ballot papers for Redcliff, Kusile by-elections In a notice yesterday, ZEC chief elections officer Mr Utloile Silaigwana said they had pulled all the stops to ensure a seamless polling day come Saturday. 

Wallace Ruzvidzo-Herald Reporter

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has printed 4 000 ballot papers for local authority by-elections to be held on Saturday for Redcliff  Municipality, Midlands Province and Kusile Rural District Council (RDC), Matabeleland North Province.

The by-elections will be held in Kwekwe Ward 3 and Lupane Ward 13.

In a notice yesterday, ZEC chief elections officer Mr Utloile Silaigwana said they had pulled all the stops to ensure a seamless polling day come Saturday. 

“It is hereby notified, in terms of section 52A (2)of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13), that for purposes of the by-elections to be held on the 6th of April, 2024 (a) Printing and Minting Company of Zimbabwe Pvt (Ltd) located at No. 1 George Drive, Msasa, Harare, was given the mandate to print ballot papers to be used for the Local Authority by-elections; (b) A total of four thousand (4000) Local Authority ballot papers have been printed for the conduct of the by-elections,” reads the election notice.

Mr Silaigwana said a contingency of 8,25 percent of ballots had been added in case of eventualities.

The ballot papers were printed in books of 50 each.

Accreditation for observing the polls is ongoing.

Local observers will be charged US$10 or equivalent in local currency at the prevailing bank rate while those from Africa will pay US$100 and those from foreign embassies in Zimbabwe will pay US$300.

Observers from any country outside Africa will be required to pay US$400 while Zimbabwean media practitioners accredited with the Zimbabwe Media Commission and working in Zimbabwe for foreign media houses will pay US$100.

Local media practitioners accredited with the ZMC will be charged US$10 or equivalent at the prevailing bank rate.

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