The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson, Priscilla Chigumba says there was nothing secretive about ballot papers.

She told the Standard :"What the commission has done is legal and above board. ZEC has opted to use the direct procurement method provided for in terms of Section 33 (2) (b) of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act [Chapter 22:23] after considering issues such as quality of service and security, among others.

However, please note that in any event, Section 52A of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13] compels the commission to provide political parties, candidates and observers with the following information before elections: where and by whom the ballot papers for the election are being printed or have been printed; the total number of ballot papers printed for the election; and the number of ballot papers that have been distributed to each polling station.

Therefore, there is nothing secretive about the printer and the ballot papers printed or to be printed for an election. ZEC will publish this information in the same way it has always done with other elections."

MDC leader, Nelson Chamisa has said they have identified the printing of ballot papers as one of the potential sources of rigging by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the forthcoming elections and they will insist on transparency.