Zimbabwe

Monitors foresee more Zim poll chaos

2013-07-17 22:29
Zimbabwean police officers wait in a queue to cast their votes, at a polling station in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Zimbabwean police officers wait in a queue to cast their votes, at a polling station in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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Harare - An independent Zimbabwe election monitoring group says less than 10% of police and officials eligible for a special vote ahead of crucial national polls managed to cast their ballots in two days of chaotic polling.

The Election Resource Centre said on Wednesday two days of voting for 80 000 police, soldiers and officials who will be on duty on 31 July was "fraught with irregularities". Voting papers were not delivered in time at most of the 210 voting posts.

The official Electoral Commission blamed delays in printing the materials.

The resource center said the nation faced "further shame and embarrassment" over the full poll just two weeks away. It said Nigeria in 2011 postponed elections twice for logistical reasons and went on to have a fair poll.

- AP

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