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Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Tells Police To Keep Distance From Polls

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has announced that police officers will remain at least 100 meters from polling stations during the presidential, parliamentary and local council elections set to take place on Saturday, March 29.

The commission issued this order in keeping with the country's revised Electoral Act, which prohibits police from entering polling stations during voting. In the past members of the opposition complained of interference by the police in the voting process.

Spokesman Nelson Chamisa of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change formation headed by presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai, told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his formation is skeptical about the commission's announcement because its nonpartisan credentials are in doubt.

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