Respect the code of conduct, observers told

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has reminded political parties and observers that direct interaction with bidders during the tendering process is not permissible under the current code of conduct.

This follows mounting pressure from some political parties and observers who have accused the commission of not affording them the chance to interact with the bidders.

ZEC says in line with its mandate to ensure transparency and professionalism in the electoral process it will continue to uphold the provisions of the code of conduct which among other things does not allow for the observers to interact directly with bidders, assessors and evaluators.

ZEC chairperson Justice Rita Makarau has reminded observers and political parties that direct interaction with bidders is only confined to the technical team that has been trained to carry out such a task.

Meanwhile, the commission says biometric voter registration (BVR) kits are undergoing laboratory tests ahead of the field tests scheduled for Monday.

The BVR kits site validation tests which are part of the tendering process commenced on the 20th of April with two bidders involved namely dermalog identification systems from Germany and Laxton Group Limited from China.

The field tests will be conducted at Mabvuku High School on Monday the 24th of this month and at Murape Secondary School in Seke the following day.

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