Monday, October 5, 2015

Tanzania: Electoral body starts distribution of dummy ballots

NATIONAL Electoral Commission (NEC) started distributing dummy ballot papers countrywide to create awareness among voters. The electoral body said the exact polling sheets to be imported from South Africa will arrive in the country next week.

Addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam, NEC Director for Procurement and Supply Mr Eliud Njaila said the materials would be distributed to all district councils in the country where they shall be approved first by district and municipal executive directors.

He said every ward shall receive 200 copies of the dummy ballot papers that will be placed on public open spaces and some of them will be used by political parties during their ongoing campaigns to educate voters on how to use them.

“We’re finalizing all major preparations for the October 25 general election. From today (yesterday) we’re starting to distribute this sample of polling sheets of which its originals will be used in the polling exercise,” he said.

He also urged municipal and district executive directors to verify these sheets upon receipt and give immediate feedback to the commission on any mistakes that will be identified in order for NEC to correct them.

“Upon receiving the ballots, they have to cross-check to be sure on the clarity of the candidate information that is available on the sheet so that we can be in a better position to correct them in the final papers before the general election,” he explained.

“They have also to cross check other voting materials such as ballot booth, boxes, stamps, lanterns, seals and other related documents that have already been distributed in accordance with actual needs and demands of specific areas,” he added.

He said this will ensure effectiveness of the exercise, hence, pave the way for the election to be undertaken without grievances from voters or candidates.

About 23.7 Tanzanians were registered and are expected to participate in this year’s election that enables them to choose their ward councillors, Members of Parliament and the President of the United Republic of Tanzania.


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