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Election Resource Centre Concerned By Voters' Roll Anomalies

Election Resource Centre Concerned By Voters' Roll Anomalies

The Election Resource Centre (ERC) a local election watchdog, has expressed concern over reports of alleged tampering of the voters’ roll saying the reports erode stakeholders’ confidence in the country’s electoral processes. Pindula News this week reported that some civil society groups said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) moved some 170 000 voters from their original constituencies and wards. Pindula News presents ERC’s statement on the matter:

STATEMENT: ERC CONCERNED BY VOTERS ROLL ANOMALIES

The Election Resource Centre (ERC) notes with grave concern at the alleged tampering of the voters’ roll availed to stakeholders ahead of the March 26 by-elections. The ERC has received numerous complaints from citizens who allegedly had their polling stations and wards changed arbitrarily without due notice in accordance with section 35(2) Electoral Act.

A closer study of the 2018 and the 2022 voter rolls, show inconsistencies in Harare East, Kwekwe, Mutasa South and Redcliff Constituencies amongst others. These ungazetted changes erode citizens and stakeholder confidence in the electoral process.

Section 35 (2) states that; “a notice of the alteration shall be published in the Gazette by the Commission or voter registration officer, as the case may be. ZEC must fully inform the voters of the reasons why these movements or changes are necessary or desirable,” which has not occurred.

The ERC reiterates that ZEC must maintain the integrity of the voters’ roll, while also working to ensure that all electoral stakeholders are not intimidated when questioning the credibility of the voters’ roll. The Commission is on record stating that the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and the deduplication exercises are used to clean errors found on the voters’ roll. Therefore, these exercises should never result in errors in the voters’ roll availed to stakeholders.

In adherence to the principles of transparency, the ERC calls on the ZEC to avail evidence and information necessary to restore public confidence in the voters’ roll, which includes addressing the changes to polling stations without due notification.

ELECTION RESOURCE CENTRE

information@erczim.org Tel: 0242-752774 Toll-Free 08080 219

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5 Comments

Rwadzi Gunsmoke 7 months ago

ZEC pavoters rolls haaaaa too many MISTAKES kuri kuda kuita FORGERY kwavo in FAVOUR of ZANU PF kana vabatwa vomhanya kuMEDIA kuti ERROR{MISTAKE} haaa FADE UP neZEC since when akomana#HELP US GOD...
ZEC idepartment reZANU PF


Worzel Gumij 7 months ago

Imi vanhu veERC itai mushe. Ndimi mambenge muchi Bigger ZEC muchiti "ZEC Voter registration blitz a Step in the right direction". Munodirei kuruma muchifuridzira? Young people cant register because the givernment delibetatelty denies them Identity Documents. Mtuli brags of a surplus, why cant part of that surplus be used to issue IDs to young people? Imagine if a million people are transferred without their knowledge or consent what will happen on elcetion day? Imi veERC chiitai audit of the voter's role together with other CSO s and polotical parties, moenda kuCourt. Kwete kungonguruma paSocial media nepama Online Platforms.


Ye 7 months ago

Mdhara, vanoita audit munyika yani? Ma CSO's nema Organizations aya akamakwa negovernment

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 7 months ago

ZEC IS FAILING TO EXPLAIN ISSUES AND ONLY TO EXPLAIN WHEN AN ISSUE HAS ARISEN. THEIR EXPLANATION IS USUALLY VERY POOR.

IF ZEC CHANGED CHUNKS OF CONSTITUENCIES TO OTHER CONSTITUENCIES THEN ZEC HAS A CASE TO ANSWER BECAUSE SUCH ACTION CAN ONLY BE DONE AFTER DELIMITATION.

IF IT DID THAT THEY COULD HAVE CHEATED IN FAVOUR OF ANOTHER PARTY. ZEC KNOWS WHICH POLLING STATIONS VOTED MOST FOR MDC OR ZANU PF, NCA OR MDC T BY CHECKING THE PREVIOUS BALLOTS AND TRANSFER CSECTIONS TO OTHER CONSTITUENCIES TO BOOST THEIR CANDIDATE'S CHANCES OF BEING ELECTED. ZEC MUST PUBLISH A LIST OF THOSE PEOPLE THEY HAVE TRANSFERED. THAT LIST WILL CLEAN THEM.

SOMETIMES CITIZENS ASK ZEC WHY THEIR REGISTERS CONTAIN NAMES DECEASED PERSONS. THEY CAN NOT ANSWER THESE SIMPLE QUESTIONS.

WHEN A PERSON DIES IN TOWNS, HIS DEATH IS REGISTERED AT THE DA'S OFFICE BY OBTAINING A BURIAL ORDER AND THEN LATER ON A DEATH CERTIFICATE. THEREFORE ZEC WILL BE NOTIFIED THROUGH THEIR USUAL CHANNELS. IT IS THE PERSON WHO DIES IN COMMUNAL LANDS WHO ZEC WILL NOT KNOW THAT HE DIED UNTILL HIS RELATIVES REGISTERS THAT DEATH BY OBTAINING A DEATH CERTIFICATE.

UNTILL SUCH A TIME THAT ZEC CAN EXPLAIN ISSUES AT THEIR OWN ACCORD BEFORE THEY HAVE BEEN FIREDP WITH QUESTIONS, THEY WILL ALWAYS REMAIN AS CHEATS IN MOST PEOPLES MINDS.

YOURS TRULY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


Black Jack 7 months ago

MaZIMBO muchenjere kuti ma votes ano RIGWA. Let's vote fair fair tione ano whinha. Obvious it will be CCC. Tanzwa ne NHAMO.



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