Zec gets ma­jor en­dorse­ment

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THE Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion has re­ceived ma­jor en­dorse­ment for run­ning elec­tions in a pro­fes­sional man­ner with fel­low African coun­tries flock­ing to Zim­babwe to learn from the ex­pe­ri­ences of the July 30 elec­tions.

First to visit Zim­babwe was Le­sotho and yes­ter­day Zec was host­ing the Na­tional Elec­toral Board of Ethiopia, which will be con­duct­ing elec­tions for the east African na­tion in 2020. In­di­ca­tions are that sev­eral African coun­tries are reach­ing out to Zec with a view to come and learn from its ex­pe­ri­ences. The Ethiopian del­e­ga­tion is in the coun­try on a three day work­ing visit and is be­ing led by the Ethiopian chair­per­son of the Na­tional Elec­toral Board Am­bas­sador Samia Zekaria Gutu.

Am­bas­sador Gutu told our Harare Bureau on the side­lines of their meet­ing with Zec in Harare yes­ter­day that they were keen to learn from Zim­babwe’s ex­pe­ri­ences es­pe­cially on how the coun­try man­aged to come up with a clean bio met­ric vot­ers’ roll in a record time.

“This is to share ex­pe­ri­ences. Zim­babwe has just fin­ished its elec­tions last July. We re­ally got a good im­pres­sion about it. We want to learn from Zim­babwe es­pe­cially the new use of the new tech­nol­ogy that is the bio met­ric voter reg­is­tra­tion,” she said. “We would like to go into that new tech­nol­ogy.

Our for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Mr Haile-mariam De­salegn was the African Union Ob­server Mis­sion chair and he had a good im­pres­sion about the elec­tions and he is the one who ad­vised us to see how you did it. Since we are also try­ing to mod­ernise our elec­tions, es­pe­cially the voter reg­is­tra­tion, he said it is im­por­tant to go and see Zim­babwe with the short pe­riod of time that you man­aged this bio met­ric reg­is­tra­tion. We are run­ning out of time be­cause our next elec­tion is in 2020,” said Am­bas­sador Gutu.

Am­bas­sador Gutu said they would be man­ag­ing an elec­tion of about 30 mil­lion peo­ple and it was im­por­tant to start the prepa­ra­tions now. Zec act­ing chief elec­tions of­fi­cer Mr Utoile Si­laig­wana said the Ethiopi­ans were im­pressed with the man­ner in which they con­ducted the July 30 polls and wanted to im­ple­ment the same in their coun­try.

He said the Ethiopi­ans ac­knowl­edged that the July 30 gen­eral elec­tions were con­ducted in line with in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices. “This meet­ing is ac­tu­ally a re­quest from the Ethiopian Elec­tions Board,” he said.

“They want to learn how we con­duct elec­tions in Zim­babwe. This is a re­quest af­ter the for­mer PM of Ethiopia who was the leader of the AUEOM in our elec­tions on 30 July was im­pressed by the way we con­ducted our elec­tions par­tic­u­larly the bio met­ric voter reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem and the new reg­is­ter we came with.

“You are aware that as Zec, we came up with a com­pletely new vot­ers’ roll which was bio met­ric based. So they were im­pressed and they have come to learn and see how they can im­ple­ment the same. It is im­por­tant to note that this is not the first group to come to Zec and learn how to con­duct elec­tions in a pro­fes­sional man­ner. We also had a del­e­ga­tion from Le­sotho Elec­toral Board who also came here to learn.

“This del­e­ga­tion of the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of Ethiopia are say­ing what we have seen dur­ing your gen­eral elec­tions we are im­pressed and as a fel­low African coun­try we want to learn more on how Zec con­ducts elec­tions, man­ages elec­tions and how Zec con­ducted its bio met­ric vot­ers’ reg­is­tra­tion lead­ing to new clean vot­ers roll which had prob­lems at all.

“We are here shar­ing knowl­edge on elec­toral ex­per­tise and they are ap­pre­ci­at­ing that our elec­tions were done based on in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices. They are hav­ing their elec­tions in 2020 so they want to im­ple­ment the bio met­ric voter reg­is­tra­tion and the gen­eral con­duct of elec­tions.” FAL­CON Col­lege, an af­flu­ent school lo­cated in Esigo­dini, has taken a Gweru man to court for al­legedly fail­ing to pay more than $14 000 in school fees for his son. Fal­con Col­lege, through its lawyers Danziger and Part­ners, has filed sum­mons at the Bu­l­awayo High Court cit­ing Mr Jona Machaya as the de­fen­dant.

Fal­con Col­lege, in its plaintiff declaration, said Mr Machaya breached the terms of the agree­ment en­tered be­tween the two par­ties by fail­ing to pay a debt of $14 742,19 em­a­nat­ing from school fees and other ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices ren­dered to his son. The un­paid school fees is for the sec­ond term which be­gan in May 2018 and ended in July 2018.

Ac­cord­ing to papers be­fore the court, Mr Machaya has de­spite de­mand re­fused, failed or ne­glected to pay the debt. “The de­fen­dant’s child is en­rolled at Fal­con Col­lege and in terms of the school pol­icy, terms and con­di­tions, the de­fen­dant is obliged to pay full col­lege fees, levies and other charges ev­ery term.

“The money is still owing and ac­cru­ing in­ter­est at the pre­scribed in­ter­est rate. The de­fen­dant has abused the court pro­cesses by forc­ing the plaintiff to ap­proach the court and thereby putting the plaintiff out of pocket. The con­duct of the de­fen­dant war­rants a puni­tive or­der of costs on le­gal prac­ti­tioner and client scale,” said the Fal­con Col­lege lawyers.

The school wants a court or­der direct­ing Mr Machaya to pay the money to­gether with five per­cent in­ter­est cal­cu­lated from the date of is­sue of sum­mons to the date of full and fi­nal pay­ment.

Mr Machaya has not yet re­sponded to the sum­mons.

The school’s fees are pegged at about $5 000 per term. — @mash­nets

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