Zim electoral commission criticised over design of ballot papers

The presidential ballot paper features two columns, with President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the top of the second one.

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HARARE - Experts in Zimbabwe have slammed the electoral commission over the design of the presidential ballot paper to be used this month.

The ballot paper features two columns, with President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the top of the second one.

Zimbabwe’s Electoral Act says candidates on the presidential ballot should appear in one column, in alphabetical order.

Zimbabwe has an unprecedented 23 candidates for the poll on 30 July.

The electoral commission says to save paper, it split the candidates into two columns.

The Zimbabwe Election Support Network, an independent watchdog, says the design raises the fear this was done to give the president an unfair advantage.

It says this could fuel allegations of bias and ultimately affect whether the election results are accepted.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)