African Christian Council International Okays ZEC Presidential Anouncement Results

By Desire Tshuma

African Christian Council International (ACCI)has presented its observer mission findings for 23-24 August 2023 harmonized elections and congratulated ED Mnangagwa after ZEC declared him a winner.

ACCI observer mission which was represented by their president Achbishop Johannes Nyamwa Ndanga noted there was high number of voters . ‘ All voters who turned for voting managed to exercise their vote although ZEC had logistical challenges in availing enough ballot papers on time resulting in some polling stations opening late. In fairness voting was extended to 24 August to those areas that were affected by the delay of availing of ballot paper ‘ said Achbishop Ndanga.

He went further and said few voters were turned away after their names were not found on the voters role and on this ZEC indicated that they had not verified their registration as was required by law.

‘ The environment was largely peaceful during and after election and the level of political tolerance that we observed as ACCI was commendable . However we noted utterances by some contestants after election results which may have the influence to insight their supporters not to accept results ‘ added Achbishop Ndanga.

Achbishop Ndanga concluded by saying that all polling stations had representatives from competing political parties , law enforcement agencies and in some instances the ZRP deployed its senior officers to the polling stations .

At each polling station, polling agents would sign V11 forms which was a summation of verified results of the voting process. In Midlands province in Huchu primary school ,Simon Mazorodze primary school , Sebakwe Game Park Tent , Moffat primary school and Musena clinic CCC failed to deploy its polling agents for the reasons yet to be known.

African Christian Council Internation also noted that every ward polling agents would sign the V23A forms . These forms collates results from the particular V11 forms from the polling stations .

However there are some allegations that some Non Profit Organisations were involved in activities of collating reports from certain political parties . This was tantamount to electioneering and subversion of Zimbabwe’s democratic process.

There were also some allegations levied against ERC , ZESN and that FAZ was accused of voter intimidation but ACCI denies any knowledge on this as this could have happened 300 metres away from the polling stations.

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