In a statement Commander ZRP 2018 Harmonised Elections Committee, Senior Assistant Commissioner Erasmus Makodza confirmed some police officers voted in Bulawayo.
The statement by Makodza exposes Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) acting chief elections officer Mr Utoile Silaigwana who told The Herald that images and videos of a police officers voting in Bulawayo are “hogwash and very stupid propaganda”.
Below is the full press statement issued by Makodza:
The Zimbabwe Republic Police wishes to set the record straight and allay fears of vote rigging by police officers as claimed in some social media messages which are circulating.
The correct position is that some police officers will be performing security duties in other provinces which are not their normal work stations. Thus in terms of Section 72 of the Electoral Act, the concerned police officers will exercise their right to vote through the postal ballot system which it being administered by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.
Some provinces like Bulawayo have excess manpower which is due for deployment in Matabeleland North province thus necessitating the postal vote for the affected members. In fact the total number of police officers which applied for the postal ballot does not go beyond 4000. The rest of police officers will actually cast their ballots on 30th July 2018 as earlier revealed by the ZRP command and ZEC in numerous meetings and workshop briefings.
The whole process is conducted according to Section 75 of The Electoral Act, Chapter 2:13.