US embassy cable - 00HARARE3504

COUNTING PROCESS OF ELECTION VOTES IN ZIMBABWE

Identifier: 00HARARE3504
Wikileaks: View 00HARARE3504 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2000-06-27 15:05:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Tags: KDEM PGOV ZI
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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6452
INFO NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE
UNCLAS HARARE 003504 
 
SIPDIS 
 
AF/S FOR DIRECTOR ARLENE RENDER FROM AMBASSADOR TOM MCDONALD 
 
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR GAYLE SMITH 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KDEM, PGOV, ZI 
SUBJECT:  COUNTING PROCESS OF ELECTION VOTES IN ZIMBABWE 
 
REF:  RENDER/MCDONALD TELCON 6/27/00 
 
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1.  (U) PER REFTEL CON, THE FOLLOWING IS THE COUNTING 
PROCESS FOR VOTES IN ZIMBABWE FROM THE TIME POLLS ARE CLOSED 
UNTIL THE RESULTS ARE ANNOUNCED: 
 
-- THE PRESIDING OFFICER SEALS THE WOODEN BOX (ONLY ONE PER 
POLLING STATION) IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE LAST VOTE IS 
DEPOSITED. THE BOXES ARE SEALED WITH WAX AND TAPE IN THE 
PRESENCE OF THE POLLING AGENT, MONITORS AND PRESIDING 
OFFICER WHO ARE REQUIRED TO PUT THEIR MARKS ON THE BOXES AS 
A SECURITY MEASURE. 
 
-- THE BOXES STAY OVERNIGHT AT THE POLLING STATIONS OR ARE 
MOVED TO A CENTRAL LOCATION DEPENDING UPON SECURITY 
CONDITIONS SUCH AS ELECTRICITY AND REMOTENESS OF LOCATION 
AND MONITORS, POLLING AGENTS AND THE POLICE ARE ALLOWED TO 
GUARD THEM. 
 
-- THE PRESIDING OFFICER TRANSPORTS THEM IN THE MORNING TO 
THE COUNTING CENTER IN EACH CONSTITUENCY.  EACH CONSTITUENCY 
HAS ONE COUNTING CENTER WHICH RECEIVES AS MANY AS 35 BALLOT 
BOXES.  MONITORS AND POLLING AGENTS ARE ALLOWED TO FOLLOW 
BEHIND THE VEHICLE TRANSPORTING THE BOXES TO THE COUNTING 
CENTER.  THE MONITORS GENERALLY DO NOT RIDE WITH THE BOXES. 
 
-- AT THE COUNTING CENTER THE PRESIDING OFFICER OF EACH 
POLLING STATION BECOMES THE COUNTING OFFICER FOR HIS 
STATION'S VOTES.  HE OPENS THE BOX IN THE PRESENCE OF THE 
MONITOR AND POLLING AGENT WHO HAVE TO IDENTIFY THEIR 
SECURITY MARKS ON THE SEALED BOXES TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE 
NOT BEEN TAMPERED WITH. 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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-- BEFORE THE ACTUAL COUNTING OF VOTES FOR THE CANDIDATES, 
THE NUMBER OF BALLOT PAPERS IN EACH BALLOT BOX IS VERIFIED. 
THE VERIFICATION PROCESS IS DONE ONE BALLOT BOX AT A TIME. 
THE CONTENTS OF EACH BALLOT BOX ARE DUMPED ONTO A TABLE AND 
THE NUMBER OF BALLOT PAPERS IS COUNTED IN STACKS OF TEN. 
THE NUMBER OF BALLOTS IN THE BOX IS COMPARED AGAINST THE 
TALLY FROM THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  THE SERIAL NUMBER ON EACH 
BALLOT MAY BE CHECKED AGAINST ITS COUNTERFOIL FROM THE 
BALLOT PAPER BOOKS.  THE BALLOT PAPERS ARE RETURNED TO THEIR 
ORIGINAL BOX UNTIL THE COUNTING OF VOTES. 
 
-- DURING THE VERIFICATION PROCESS NO ATTEMPT IS MADE TO 
DETERMINE FOR WHICH PARTY EACH BALLOT PAPER WAS MARKED. 
ONLY ONCE THE VERIFICATION PROCESS IS COMPLETED FOR ALL OF 
THE BALLOT BOXES IN A CONSTITUENCY DOES THE COUNTING OF 
VOTES FOR CANDIDATES BEGINS. 
 
-- AFTERWARDS THE COUNTING OFFICER DUMPS THE CONTENTS OF ALL 
THE BOXES ON A TABLE.  COUNTING CENTER EMPLOYEES SORT THE 
BALLOTS INTO GROUPS OF 10 AND COUNT ALL THE VOTES IN THE 
PRESENCE OF THE POLLING AGENTS AND MONITORS. 
 
-- WHEN ALL THE PARTIES ARE SATISFIED WITH THE COUNTING 
PROCESS, THE FINAL RESULTS ARE PHONED TO THE REGISTRAR 
GENERAL, TOBAIWA MUDEDE AT MUKWATI BUILDING, WHO ANNOUNCES 
THEM TO THE PUBLIC. 
 
-- MUDEDE THEN ANNOUNCES THE RESULTS CONSTITUENCY BY 
CONSTITUENCY. 
 
2.  (SBU) TO OUR KNOWLEDGE THE GOVERNMENT GENERALLY FOLLOWED 
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THESE COUNTING PROCEDURES.  WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY IN A 
POSITION TO COMMENT ON THE RESULTS RELEASE PROCEDURES 
FOLLOWED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, AND IF ANY OF THE DELAY 
IN PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT WAS CAUSED BY INTERFERENCE, RIGGING, 
INFORMATION-SHARING OR OTHER ARRANGEMENTS. 
 
MCDONALD 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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