SOME polling officers in Mashonaland West province last week said they have not been paid by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) for services they offered during last month’s harmonised elections.
REPORT BY NUNURAI JENA
While others claimed that they were under-paid, some said their names did not appear in the pay sheet.
Speaking to The Standard last week, some disgruntled polling officers said they were shocked to receive US$130 only when they were expecting US$280 for the seven days they worked.
A polling officer, who refused to be identified for fear of victimisation, said some ZEC officers were now accusing them of not working daily for seven days, as agreed so that they could cut the payment.
“How can they tell us today that we were supposed to log in a register to enable us to get payment?” complained the officer. “In any case, there were no register circulating to every polling station every day.”
The officer said ZEC must use the contract they signed to pay them rather than using a register which some officers did not even see.
According to the contract signed between ZEC and poling officers, the officers were supposed to be paid US$40 per day for the duration of one week.
A ZEC officer at Makonde district offices, Chikomborero Chagwinya confirmed the payment discrepancies but did not know how that happened.
“I don’t have details about the discrepancies, why can’t you come to my office and then we can talk face to face,” said Chagwinya.
But ZEC director of finance, Stephen Goneso said he had not received any complaints from the provinces.