Farirai Machivenyika – Senior Reporter
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has announced the appointment of Mr Utoile Silaigwana as the acting chief elections officer.
Mr Silaigwana takes over from Mrs Constance Chigwamba who has been redeployed to the Public Service Commission.
In a statement, ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba confirmed the appointment which is effective from the beginning of March.
“The ZEC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Utloile Silaigwana as the acting chief elections officer with effect from 1st of March 2018.
“Mr Silaigwana possesses a wealth of experience in election management and administration spurning over 15 years,” she said.
He worked in the then Electoral Supervisory Commission as a director civic and voter education, public relations and international liaison and joined ZEC as deputy chief elections officer responsible for operations in 2007.
Mr Silaigwana is a holder of several qualifications in elections administration including a Masters in Electoral Policy and Administration, a Certificate in Election Observation, a Certificate in Elections and Violence and Conflict Resolution and a Certificate in Leadership and Dialogue for Electoral Stakeholders.
He is also a Building Resources in Democracy Governance and Elections accredited facilitator and has facilitated training in several countries in the Sadc region and has observed elections in Rwanda, Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, Ghana and Namibia under the AU Election Observation Mission, ECF-Sadc and Association of Africa Electoral Authorities.
“Mr Silaigwana’s diverse administration experience at senior level management levels makes him invaluable to ZEC,” said Justice Chigumba.