ZEC appoints Silaigwana as substantive Chief Elections Officer

Mr Utoile Silaigwana has been appointed as the substantive chief elections officer under the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

The appointment is with effect from the first of July 2019.

Mr Silaigwana has 17 years of experience in election management, having served in the Electoral Supervisory Commission as a provincial coordinator between 2002 and 2003.

He was also appointed to several other key positions under ZEC prior to the latest appointment.

Mr Silaigwana is a holder of several qualifications including a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from University of Zimbabwe, Masters in Electoral Policy and Administration (MEPA) attained from Scuola Superiore Santa Anna University in Italy.

Mr Silaigwana is also a Building Resources in Democracy Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) accredited facilitator and has facilitated training in several countries in the Sadc region.

He is also a holder of several certificates in election management, observation, elections and violence and conflict resolution and a certificate in Leadership and Dialogue for Electoral Stakeholders.

Mr Silaigwana has also observed elections under the AU Election Observation Mission, ECF-Sadc and Association of Africa Electoral Authorities in Rwanda, Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, Ghana and Namibia.

Prior to his appointment he was the acting Chief Elections Officer since March 2018 during which he presided over the 2018 harmonised elections.