Journalists vote first

Journalists are getting first preference to vote upon producing Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s accreditation card.

This reporter was given a chance to vote after approaching the presiding officer at in Ward 1, Harare South Constituency.

Police, army, prison, nurses and other public service officers are also given first preference upon producing their registration cards and national identity cards.

The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists tried in vain to appeal to the Constitutional Court for scribes to vote early as they would be also deployed to cover elections today.

July 14 and 15 was set for special voting which saw a third of those who applied to vote failing to do so owing to mediocre preparations by ZEC to provide voting material such as ballot papers.

“Journalists, observers, police, army, prison officers and even nurses we are giving them first preference if they prove that they belong to these public institutions,” said a presiding officer who declined to be named.

“Yes it is an instruction from ZEC and we just implementing, though there are some cases where people who are queuing to vote can allow an individual to vote first depending on whether they are sick or otherwise,” added the ZEC official.

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