By Thobekile Khumalo
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have said they have completed preparations for by-elections set for Saturday March 26.
The by-elections will be held in the country’s 28 constituencies which were left vacant by death and recalls.
Altogether 1990 polling stations have been set for the by-elections and yesterday parties and candidates were inspecting voters role.
ZEC spokesperson Jasper Mangwana said: “Yesterday our polling stations were open for candidates and voters to inspect the voters roll. A few concerns were raised and attended to but despite that we are ready for the by-elections.”
Silaigwana added: “ZEC has made all the necessary procurements of all required equipment and materials including vehicles and fuel. Ballot papers were printed and distributed and published in accordance with the Electoral Act”.
The commission called upon all political parties and candidates to uphold the principles of the Code of Conduct for Political parties and other stakeholders to avoid risk of electoral related conflict.
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said they are already on the ground to ensure peaceful elections.
“Our officers are already preparing for the by-elections and some are receiving training on how to deal with the elections processes,” he said.
He urged political parties to shun violence and hate speech.
“We urge political parties to be responsible with their language as we make sure that we have a conducive environment before and after elections.”