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Nelson Chamisa wants cops barred from collecting poll data

Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) wants police officers stopped from accessing any information relating to the progress of the country’s elections, in a raft of demands placed by the main opposition ahead of the 2023 elections.

In a statement Friday, Nelson Chamisa‘s party outlined its own set of demands it wants set out as minimum electoral conditions before, during and after the polls. Among the demands is the transparent transmission of results or any other poll based data from polling stations to national centres.

“ZEC should give assurances that there will be no deviation from the legally prescribed route of transmission of results and any such future deviation should be legally challenged. There are no results which should be taken to a ‘district’ Centre.

“Only polling officials, polling agents and accredited observers should be allowed to communicate polling data or election results. Police officers should not be given any polling data or election information for any reasons,” CCC said, adding that polling officials should also be barred from transmitting polling data using their own mobile phones.

In past elections, when mobile phones were not yet in use, police were roped in to with their transmission service radios to relay poll based data to district, provincial and national command centres.

CCC now wants a stop to the practice. The party did not state why it wants police officers banned from accessing polling data.

Source: Bulawayonews

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