Zimbabwe: Country to Use Cardboard Ballot Boxes Amid Crisis

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)

28 February 2008
Posted to the web 27 February 2008

Kitsepile Nyathi
Harare

Cash strapped Zimbabwe will use cardboard ballot boxes in next month’s General Election because the country’s electoral commission can not afford to buy translucent boxes, heightening fears of vote rigging.

This comes amid warnings by the head of the police force that his officers will be prepared to shoot elections mischief makers.

There is already a growing chorus of fears that the elections billed to be the biggest in Zimbabwe’s history will be rigged in favour of the ruling Zanu PF, accused by the West and the opposition of stealing three previous polls.

President Robert Mugabe, 84 is facing his greatest electoral challenge in his 28 years in power from a former senior Zanu PF official, Dr Simba Makoni and [continue reading]



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