‘Invest in parallel voter tabulation to prevent rigging’ 

Source: ‘Invest in parallel voter tabulation to prevent rigging’ – #Asakhe – CITE

By Lizwe Sebatha

INVESTING in parallel voter tabulation (PVT) processes is key towards safeguarding the people’s vote and enhancing electoral activity, an independent election watchdog said drawing from Zambia’s recent elections.

The country’s elections have been marred with disputes, amid widespread claims of rigging and manipulation of the results.

The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) in its report after observing Zambia’s elections said the country can draw lessons from that country’s elections as it mentioned PVT as a necessary tool to prevent rigging.

A PVT, sometimes called a Quick Count, is a proven election observation methodology employed by nonpartisan citizen observers to independently verify official election results.

A PVT is based on a systematic assessment of voting and counting processes.

“The time between the closing of polling stations and the announcement of results remains a very sensitive period within an electoral cycle, results need to be announced as soon as they are verified by the Commission to ease tensions that inevitably build up when the announcement of results is delayed,” the ZESN said,

“Political parties need to deploy their agents comprehensively so that their respective parties can comment authoritatively on electoral processes. PVT can contribute toward enhancing electoral integrity by providing quick updates on ongoing electoral processes and also by verifying the election result.”

Experts argue PVT’s are necessary in reducing uncertainty from the election environment by providing careful analysis of observer findings while increasing public confidence in well-run elections.

Opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa still disputes the 2018 presidential election outcome as rigged in favour of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

In Zimbabwe, elections remain suspended as a Covid-19 preventive measure.

“The elections in Zambia, as witnessed in other parts of the world, are yet again proof that it is possible to conduct elections in the middle of a serious pandemic. Democracy, not the COVID-19 must have a final say,” Zesn added.

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    Millicent Der 1 month ago

    You may try but it counts for nothing. ZEC will not allow that. They are employees of ZPF and only die hard stone cold supporters get those jobs. They will produce excel results not server results and no one will question that.

    The BokoHaram in power know that the ZEC is not Zambia…not here, they said that already. Otherwise how do state funded broadcasters and newspapers rig for a party by parroting the very same mantra so that voters lose interest? We all know that they deliberately do not have credentials those who should rise to take over state power should have. China has. Most progressive nations have. Not here. Just the gun powder is their vote.

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    Mukanya 1 month ago

    Any move to increase/improve fairness and transparency in conducting elections in Zimbabwe will be vigorously opposed by the heavily zanunized establishment running/ruining the country….