ZEC’s Overall Functions

(a)   to prepare for, conduct and supervise -

  1. i.   elections to the office of President and to Parliament;
  2. ii.  elections to provincial and metropolitan councils and the governing bodies of local auth
  3. orities;
  4. iii.   elections of members of the National Council of Chiefs established by section 285; and
  5. iv.   referendums; and to ensure that those elections and referendums are conducted efficiently, freely, fairly,   transparently and in accordance with the law;

(b)  to supervise elections of the President of the Senate and the Speaker and to ensure that those elections      are conducted efficiently and in accordance with the law;

(c)  to register voters;

(d)  to compile voters’ rolls and registers;

(e)  to ensure the proper custody and maintenance of voters’ rolls and registers;

(f)  to delimit constituencies, wards and other electoral boundaries;

(g)  to design, print and distribute ballot papers, approve the form of and procure ballot boxes, and
   establish and operate polling centres;

(h)  to conduct and supervise voter education;

(i)  to accredit observers of elections and referendums;

(j)  to give instructions to persons in the employment of the State or of a local authority for the purpose of      ensuring the efficient, free, fair, proper and transparent conduct of any election or referendum; and

(k)  to receive and consider complaints from the public and to take such action in regard to the complaints      as it considers appropriate;

Additional Functions and Powers of the Commission

In addition to the functions set out in section 239 of the Constitution, the Commission shall be responsible for –

(a)  undertaking and promoting research into electoral matters; and

(b)  developing expertise and the use of technology in regard to electoral processes; and

(c) promoting co-operation between the Government, political parties and civil society in regard to elections;

(d)  keeping the public informed about –

  1. i.   the times and places where persons can register as voters and the progress of the voter registration
       exercise; and
  2. ii.  the delimitation of wards, constituencies and other electoral boundaries; and
  3. iii.   the location and boundaries of polling stations and when they are open; and
  4. iv.   voters’ rolls and the times and places at which they are open for inspection; and
  5. v.  political parties and candidates contesting every elections; and
  6. vi. voting; and generally, all matters relating to the Commission’s work and the electoral process; and

(e) making recommendations to Parliament on appropriate ways to provide public financing for political

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