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ZEC backtracks on decision to charge accreditation in US$


…TellZim
story shakes electoral management body

TellZim Reporter

MASVINGO – The
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has backtracked on its decision to charge journalists,
civil society and election observers who want to cover elections and
by-elections in US dollars after TellZim News wrote a story about the matter.
Earlier
this year the government passed the Statutory Instrument 142 which barred the
use of foreign currency on domestic transactions.
However,
ZEC ignored the instrument and continued to charge for accreditation in US
dollars and journalists had to pay US$10 or the equivalent in RTGS dollar for accreditation
to cover elections.
In
July this year, all journalists and other civic organisations and election observers
who wanted to cover the Bikita Ward 31 by-election had to pay in US dollars or
the market rate equivalent in RTGS dollar.
This
development raised the ire of many stakeholders and TellZim reported about the
issue to much effect.
People
who will cover the Zaka East parliamentary by-election on September 21 are
being charged only RTGS$10.
A
source in the electoral management body made a confidential revelation that the
TellZim story had shaken many ‘important’ people in the organisation leading to
the reversal of the decision.
The
story, which was headlined ‘Zec ignores SI 142, charges accreditation fees in
US dollars’, was published on Friday, July 12, and was widely shared on various
social media platforms.
The
story can be accessed on the below link.

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