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"Pure Malice," - ZEC Dismisses Allegations Of Rigging

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has dismissed reports saying the commission moved about 170 000 voters on the voters roll from their original constituency and wards in an endeavour to manipulate the outcome of elections. In a previous article published by Pindula News, Team Pachedu, an opposition political activism online group, said a total of 170 867 addresses that were in the 2018 voters roll have been edited by ZEC between 2018 and 2022. In response, ZEC said:

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission would like to dismiss allegations of rigging purportedly exposed by an analysis of a national voters’ roll requested by a political party as pure malice bent on diminishing the public’s confidence on the voters’ roll and the country’s electoral processes. The so-called analyses being posted on social media platforms are clearly targeted at confusing the electorate and tarnishing the image of the Commission.

The Commission wishes to make it clear that any voters’ roll that is requested in terms ofsection21(3) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13) is a valid document as at the date of issue and is subject to subsequent addition of any new registrants or removal of voters because of death or disqualification. Please note that voter registration and the maintenance of the voters’ roll is a continuous process in terms of section 17A of the Electoral Act Thus, the removal of deceased voters, duplicates and other malcontents is a continuous exercise necessary for the update of the voters roll in an effort to keep it accurate, complete and current. The state of the voters roll is always very fluid save for cases where rt is deemed dosed for purposes of an election in terms of sections 26A and 121A of the Electoral Act, as the case may be, and in this instance, for wards and constituencies being contested on the 26 March 2022 by-elections whose voters’ rolls have already been closed and compiled.

The public should also know that the Commission has come across a few cases of several different people using the same national identity cards and sometimes, the same physical addresses to register as voters. Investigations have revealed that there are some people who engage in the illegal practice of giving their identity documents to relatives for use. In some cases, the identity documents are stolen and used without the owner’s knowledge. The Commission’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) does not pock such anomalies since the fingerprints of the registrants are different because they are indeed different people sharing the same identity cards. However, when the Commission identifies such irregularities, it removes the entries from the voters’ roll and puts them on an exclusion list pending regularisation of the identities by the Civil Registry.

Regarding allegations of too many transfers, the public is hereby informed that the Electoral Law permits any voter who has become resident in another constituency or ward to transfer their registration to that constituency or ward upon production of their proof of identity and requisite residence documents. It is incumbent upon registered voters resident in that constituency or ward to object to the new registration if they feel that that is not the case. ZEC has no authority to deny a voter his or her right to transfer.

The Commission would like to state that the allocation of polling stations to registrants is purely determined by their proofs of residence presented to voter registration officers. Voter registration officers are not duty-bound to go and physically check whether

the details on the affidavits and other proofs of residence presented to them by prospective registrants are correct or not. It behoves on all eligible voters and other stakeholders to act in good faith in relation to all electoral processes and the public is reminded that an affidavit is a sworn statement and If one presents fake information on affidavits used as proof of residence, they commit an offence of perjury.

ZEC is not secretly changing boundaries as alleged by the so-called analysts and no boundary delimitation has started. Delimitation is a public exercise involving stakeholder consultations and it shall only commence after the conclusion of the national population census. The allegations are therefore unfounded and meant only to tarnish the image of the Commission and to mislead stakeholders. The Electorate is advised that the Commission, in line with the provisions of the law, wiN publish a notice of its intention to commence the delimitation exercise and the public will be informed of this development in due course.

U Silalgwana

Chief Elections Officer

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission

In response, Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) spokesperson, Fadzayi Mahere said: “The bottom line is that a number of anomalies have been pointed out by the citizens & as a constitutional body that has a legal duty to be transparent, you must explain these irregularities. We demand answers!

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18 Comments

Mkwasha 3 months ago

ZEC njuzu dzemu sewage


Wiseman 3 months ago

ZEC has never, and will never, accept allegations of rigging. It is up to us to perform a citizens arrest and hold them accountable for their crimes


ngorima mushava 3 months ago

Zvine ma V11 ere, are these allegations proven???? who ,which voter was moved from 1 constituency to another? isn't this because of double registration.? I heard some NGOs wre paying people to register so that they get paid , kana Paine 1 anoti akachinjwa poling station ngaatiudzewe

Gy 3 months ago

Oh zec


Beasty boy 3 months ago

One day at a Kombi there was this former gunners i know,a big tymer.There was this political debate and people were speaking their lungs out in anger of the ruling party.Then this tymer suddenly spoke, he said"i will not vote because figures are already cooked and results are already in place".Everyone went blank and sad ,nobody debated the gentleman until we dropped off the Kombi one by one,with the strong statement still in our brains and i had to reminince about how Bob used to screw us.I remember those results who were never annoinced,it was crazy when the hopeful Zimbos were crushed in the middle of the game by the same ZEC.They stopped annoincing results and they never ,ever explained why up to now!Zim politics is something else.

Guys be ready for heart attacks and operations.ZANU pf is made up of Mafia.


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Elder chimut 3 months ago

Iwe bush lawyer ita mushe wy are you supporting zec iyo ichitibira ma elections kana wava wezanu tiudze tizive ma comments ako akutisvota


Munya 3 months ago

Haa ini ndazosvotwa nezanu ahh


Patriot 3 months ago

hello MY FELLOW ZIMBABWEANS I KNOW THAT MOST PEOPLE ARE SUSPICIOUS WITH THIS COMMISSION BECAUSE OF THE BAD COLOUR GIVEN TO IT FOR A LONG TIME,BUT HERE I AM APPEALING TO YOU ALL TO CALM DOWN AND LISTEN TO WHAT THE CHIEF OFFICCER IS SAYING .THE ISSUE IS CLEAR .SOMETIMES WE DONT HAVE TO BE MISLED BY THE SO CALLED MEDIA HEADLINES,THEY HAVE PROFESSIONAL WAY OF LURING READERS TO CLICK.SO YOU HAVE TO CLICK,READ AND ANALYZE BEFORE POLITICISING EVERYTHING


Wiseman 3 months ago

Have you ever visited the ZEC head offices yourself? Clearly the place is over policed and to add insult to injury you'll find Zanu PF branded vehicles driving in and out of the place at will. God gave you the right to think rationally but why do you chose to be stupid?

3 months ago


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 3 months ago

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I AM NOT WRITING THIS PIECE TO PRAISE ZEC, BUT TO SAY THE TRUTH THAT ZEC IS ON THE RIGHT.

THERE IS NO MALICE, RIGGING OR PREJUDICE TO ANY POLITICAL PARTY.

I HAVE WRITTEN A FULL EXPLANATION OF WHAT HAPPENS IN A FIVE PERIOD WHEN WE HAVE NO ELECTIONS.

GO TO [ ZEC ACCUSED OF TRANSFERRING 170K........]

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


Haa 3 months ago

No wonder he is a lawyer of the bush. He doesn't understand the law, in fact, he is a very foolish man

Mboko 3 months ago

Iwe uri analyst wemboko... Analysis dzakl dzakadhakwa asi uri ku analyser uri epedo ne dhodhi??.coz the way yu praise zec so..ummmm iwe ita mushe zec behaves like a bush lawyer like yurself...rigging iz zec and zanu is zec

Truther 3 months ago

ZEC is part and parcel of ZANU PF, havangasiya ZANU PF ivo vari vamwe
chete


Thrust 3 months ago

ZEC ikumbopiwa Mari yakawanda cy kuty vaite zvakadai haa if this is true u are the worst.We need change in Zim and if u do silly things pa2023.Tojamuka✊✊✊✊

#ZimbabweanLivesMatter


Stt 3 months ago

Kambe lingathini, but how can a president win endaweni where his councillor, senator and ministers lost votes to opposition......


Raging bull 3 months ago

Viva Yellow submarine

#CCC


🤨🤨 3 months ago

Ko mungatii



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