The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has said it appreciates its staff for “a job well done” in the 26 March by-elections. The by-elections were meant to fill 28 National Assembly and 121 Lo al Government seats that fell vacant through recalls and deaths. In a statement, seen by Pindula News, ZEC chair, Justice Chiguma said:
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission wishes to express its appreciation for a job well done by its members, staff and all stakeholders during the just ended 26th of March 2022 by-elections. The Commission takes great pride in the successful conclusion of the process despite spirited attempts by some detractors to cast aspersions on it.
The 26th of March 2022 National Assembly and Local Authority by-elections were unique in that this was the first time the country was concurrently conducting a huge number of by-elections accumulated from delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. On behalf of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, I would like to recognise the extended working hours that all stakeholders, Commissioners and staff of the Commission, including seconded staff, put in ensuring that the conduct of these elections was a success. The by-elections are a precursor to the 2023 Harmonised Elections, and a lot was at stake. The Commission has taken note of the commitment, dedication, focus and professionalism exhibited throughout the electoral process by all players and appreciates how they dealt with all the challenges that came their way in their respective areas of operation. The commitment and zealous approach towards duty by all players is the reason behind the impressive accomplishment of duty.
The Commission believes that collectively we have set a benchmark for the 2023 Harmonised Elections and is hopeful that all of us will draw inspiration from what we have accomplished and are poised for better performance come 2023. On behalf of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, I thank you once again for the job well done.