Covid-19 forces ZEC shut down

Zimstar News

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission ((ZEC) has been forced to shut down its offices throughout the country to try and contain the rapid spread of Covid-19 among staff members and visitors.

In a notice, Acting ZEC Chief Elections Officer J.P Chigidji said the closure shall stretch over a nine-day period.

In between, the poll management body will fumigate its offices, do contact tracing and testing of staff members.

“It is hereby notified for the general public that all Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) offices across the country will temporarily close for nine (9) days from 11 to 19 December 2021 as a measure to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus among internal and external stakeholders.

“During this period, the Commission will fumigate its offices, do contact tracing and testing of staff members. Meanwhile, all members of staff will be working remotely from their homes save for those dealing with critical issues that may require access to their offices,” …said.

ZEC is not the first public institution that has been forced to shut down its premises due to the Covid-19 menace.

The Judicial Service Commission this week also moved to close its Harare head office and several courts throughout the country to try and contain the rapid spread of the pandemic.

Zimbabwe is in the throes of a fourth wave of Covid-19 with daily cases Thursday shooting to a record figures of above 5 000.

Although authorities are yet to produce scientific evidence to back the assertion, it is widely believed the newly discovered and highly contagious Omicron variant could be fuelling the rapid spread of the pandemic.

Government has emerged with a raft of measures which include lessening business hours and lengthening curfew hours, all in attempts to tame the surge.

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