ZEC In ‘Shady’ Polling Stations Saga….One Centre To Serve Only 2 Voters

INDEPENDENT biometric voter registration (BVR) and data science experts analysing the voters’ roll, yesterday alleged that they had revealed another suspected vote-rigging loophole, where the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has erected eight “shady” polling stations, with one of them to cater for only two voters.

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The experts have raised their concern over a polling station stationed at Kudzwe turn-off in Mudzi North constituency, Mashonaland East province, which has two voters on its roll.

It comes out that that particular polling station is among the 241 stations with less than 500 voters, of which eight have less than 10 voters each.

It is reported that an average polling station is expected to have a maximum of 1 000 voters and covering a radius of at least 2km. “Nevertheless, despite the average number per polling station being slightly above 500, 241 polling stations had less than 100 voters,” part of the experts’ report shown yesterday read.

The development came hardly 24 hours after Zec chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba informed journalists that the commission had also subdivided oversubscribed polling stations to ensure easy management of voters and to avoid queues.

Defiant Zec boss claimed on Monday that there was no minimum threshold on the number of voters per polling station.

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