The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has appointed one of the long serving and hard working employee, Utoile Silaigwana (pictured) to the position of Chief Elections Officer.
In a press statement released last week, ZEC Chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba said the appointment was effective from July to enable smooth flow of operations.
“Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is pleased to announce that it has appointed Utoile Silaigwana as the substantive Chief Elections Officer effective from 1 July 2019,” she said.
Silaigwana served in the Electoral Supervisory Commission (ESC) between 2002 and 2005 as a provincial coordinator, rising to position of deputy chief elections officer in charge of operations from 2003 to 2007.
He has been a key player in the establishment of the ESC secretariat structures as he served as the acting CEO since March last year which saw superintend the 2018 harmonised elections that saw his excellency the President Emmerson Mnangagwa winning against arch rival Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change.
He holds a Bsc degree in Education (University of Zimbabwe), Masters degree in Electoral Policy and Administration (MEPA) with the Italy University and attained certificates in Elections Management among other qualifications.