Zimbabwean Parliamentary Election, 2005 - Background


Voter education In accordance with an Act of Parliament:

  • The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) controls all voter education.
  • They will supply materials for use in voter education.
  • Non-Zimbabwean citizens are strictly banned from voter education.
  • No foreign funding allowed for voter education, unless donated through ZEC.
  • Anyone performing voter education (from approved materials only) must supply full contact details and address, as well as funding sources.
  • Fines and imprisonment face transgressors.

Polling stations

High Court Judge George Chiweshe, who chairs the recently established Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, stated that 8227 polling stations will be set up in all of the country's 10 provinces - more than double the number used in previous elections.

Harare alone is expected to have 522 polling stations, up from 167 polling stations in the presidential elections. For the first time since independence from white minority rule in 1980, Zimbabwe will be holding elections on one day as opposed to two. Ballot counting will also take place at individual polling stations and new, translucent ballot boxes will replace wooden ones used in previous elections.

Voting must take place at these polling stations: any Zimbabweans living overseas must therefore have registered to be in the electoral roll by 4 February, and must vote in Zimbabwe. Requirements such as these are not uncommon in democratic countries.

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