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Election supervisors still unpaid

Itai Dzamara

THE Electoral Supervisory Commission (ESC) is failing to pay $1 billion owed to civil servants who supervised its voter registration exercise over a two-month period.

ONT face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>ESC spokesman Thomas Bvuma yesterday said they had asked for more funds from government after exhausting their budget.

“The ESC has not yet paid people who monitored and supervised the registration of voters and carried out civic and voter education from 1 May to 14 July 2004 due to financial constraints,” Bvuma said in a written response to questions by the Zimbabwe Independent.

“The original allocation to the ESC has already been used up in the Gutu North, Zengeza and Lupane parliamentary by-elections and in several local government by-elections. The ESC has requested more money to finance its operations.”

Each of the monitors had been promised a daily allowance of $130 000 over a period of 75 days. The ESC monitors acted together with officials from the registrar-general’s office who were conducting the voter registration ahead of next year’s general election.

Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede has prepared the voters’ roll despite electoral reforms promised by government to set up an independent Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to run next year’s poll.

Mudede refused to answer questions from the Independent on what his role would be after the electoral reforms.

“Please be advised that there has been a lot of publicity on the issues you are raising on the underlined subject matter both in the print and electronic media. The registrar-general has nothing more to add or comment,” said a CA Goredema, on behalf of the registrar-general’s office.

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