‘Over 40 000 Voters Committed Poll Crimes’ Says Coltart’

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‘Over 40 000 Voters Committed Poll Crimes’ Says Coltart’

Lawyer and top rights defender, Douglas Coltart has reportedly stated that more than 40 000 Zimbabweans who cast their votes in the just ended harmonized elections could be guilty of electoral misdemeanor if it was true that presidential votes cast in the disputed polls exceeded those cast in parliamentary ones.

‘Over 40 000 Voters Committed Poll Crimes’ Says Coltart'

Speaking at a SAPES Trust panel discussion on Monday evening, Coltart said short of outright poll fraud by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and the incumbent, the discrepancy could be a result of some voting delinquencies in which some voters merely voted for President and exited with the other ballot papers.

“Of interest is at polling stations where more than 40 000 people committed a crime by just voting for the one presidential candidate and walked away with the other two ballot papers,” he said.

“And it is important to note that ZEC has just released some more results of parliamentary candidates to sort of make it match and tally with the presidential ones announced.

“But equally important to note from a legal point of view is, it is illegal to take a ballot paper out of the polling booth and it carries a three-year sentence if one is caught and found guilty.”

Coltart went on to say that it is within voters’ rights to refuse other ballot papers and just pick one to cast his or her vote.

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