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Election Watchdog "Appalled" By ZEC's Statement On Issuance Of Voters' Roll

Election Watchdog

The Election Resource Centre (ERC) has said it is appalled by a statement issued recently by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on the issuance of the voters’ toll. In a statement, seen by Pindula News, ZEC Chief Elections Officer Utloile Silaigwana said the electoral body will not allow for an independent audit of the voters’ roll as it is against the Electoral Act. ERC said the comments soil ZEC’s image. We present ERC’s statement below.

ERC response to ZEC Statement- Issuance of Voters Roll

We are appalled by the statement issued by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on the 28 of May 2022 headed ‘ Issuance of Voters Roll” in which the Commission abhors that it has no legal standing to provide the voters roll outside of an election and it will not be bound by any findings of ‘independent audits’ as they are not provided for in the Electoral Act. The comments are unfortunate, dent the image of the Electoral Body and negatively impact citizens and stakeholder trust in the work of the Commission at a time when the Commission ought to be restoring public trust and confidence ahead of the 2023 Harmonised Elections.

Founding values and principles espoused in the Constitution of Zimbabwe found in Chapter 1 Section 3 (2) on the principles of good governance, which bind the State and all institutions. include transparency, justice, accountability and responsiveness. ZEC cannot by its very nature of creation shy away from complying with these constitutional principles. For the Commission to selectively choose which sections to comply with is unexpected and concerning. ZEC must restore confidence in As work through constantly making the voter’s roll accessible to the public and addressing concerns raised by stakeholders.

ERC reiterates that ZEC is duty-bound in reference to the aspirations of Section 194 (1) (h) of the Constitution. Transparency in election administration must be fostered by providing the public with timely, accessible and accurate information. It is from this backdrop that we encourage ZEC to, not only reflect on what is inscribed in the Electoral Act but to look at the Constitution of Zimbabwe in a holistic manner in order to further the agenda of a free, fair and credible electoral process in Zimbabwe. Section 62 (1) of the Constitution further stipulates that every Zimbabwean citizen or permanent residence, including Juristic persons and the Zimbabwean media, has the right of access to any information held by the State or by any institution or agency of government at every level, insofar as the information is required in the interest of public accountability. ERC contends that all these provisions are sufficiently binding and have a direct bearing on the conduct of the Commission and in that regard ZEC must always be seen to be complying with the provisions. As Zimbabwe prepares to undertake the Delimitation of Electoral Boundaries and many other electoral activities geared towards the 2023 Harmonized Elections, due consideration must be taken to ensure that stakeholders and citizens’ concerns are sincerely addressed without window dressing

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9 Comments

🙄 1 month ago

𝒁𝑬𝑪 𝒊𝒔 𝒂𝒏 𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒛𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒎𝒆, 𝒘𝒉𝒚 𝒔𝒉𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝒂𝒏𝒂𝒍𝒚𝒔𝒊𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒄𝒓𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒚?. 𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒅𝒓𝒂𝒘𝒔 𝒊𝒏𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒎𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒆. 𝒁𝒊𝒎𝒃𝒂𝒃𝒘𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒔 𝒂 𝒇𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝒇𝒂𝒊𝒓, 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒑𝒐𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒆𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆.


ERC 1 month ago

If we do not get that Voters Roll in the format we want, our funding is likely to be reduced and we may be forced to retrenchment some of our staff.


Law Student 1 month ago

ERC had assured their donors that they will analyse the Voters Roll and expose ZEC. They will now have to use hard copies that will be posted at polling stations. What a mess for donor reports!
JUST EMPOWER THE VOTERS TO CHECK FOR THEMSELVES IF THEIR DETAILS HAVE BEEN ENTERED CORRECTLY.


Zuze 1 month ago

Ndosaka ndichizoti ZanuElectoralCommission

ZEC 1 month ago

Our mandate is to serve the boring Public not analysts and alarmists.

Zuze 1 month ago

What about those of us who are interested in the holistic picture of how many voters, location of voting stations, numbers in each constituency etc.? Accountability requires that we know the whole picture not just my name on the voter's list

Machiavelli 1 month ago

At least I am not alone in demanding transparency and accountability from ZEC.

The Zimbabwean government, ZRP, ZEC ZBC all are very selective.
* Selective Amnesia
* Selective Application of the law
* Selective interpretation of public responsibility
* Selective treatment of people (a function of political orientation)


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zec 1 month ago

*Toes for money*

```May 30, 2022```

_*Join Sascko Bales WhatsApp group*_
https://chat.whatsapp.com/CXAiy4lzrUWJ2LG3BC9Azy

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CAN anyone really sell their toes and make instant cash or we are just being sold a dummy?

The sound of it seems a little weird but it’s a subject that is dominating social media sites in this country.

Have we really hit rock bottom as a people that we believe we don’t have to sweat for money and prefer giving some South African sangomas our toes?

Social media has been awash with these tales since last Thursday with news that local dealers, especially those at Ximex Mall in the capital, can’t walk bare footed after selling off their toes.

In one of the circulating messages, there are even unconfirmed prices for the big toe (US$40 000), middle toe (US$25 000) and small toe (US$10 000).

Some say this is work of a cult, who demand the toes in exchange for 10 years’ riches, but one will lose a relative along the way.

Other claims are that, after agreeing to have a toe cut off, no other person must see the leg.

A close source at Ximex claims the story is just something which one guy jokingly shared with his colleagues and has now been blown out of proportion.

“I can’t really deny or confirm such activity at Ximex Mall but what I have gathered is that this whole issue was blown out of proportion after a few guys shared it as a joke.

“Yes, some of the latest cars that the dealers are driving are questionable, imagine seeing a guy who has been struggling to buy lunch for himself now cruising in a Mercedes Benz GL400 which costs US$200 000, you have questions,” said the source.

In a voice note, purported to belong to one ‘donor’, she claims the process was not painful but she received the shock of her life after some maggots came out of her leg. _*HMetro*_

*The Voice Online



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