The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said it will not allow for an independent audit of the voters’ roll as it is against the Electoral Act.
In a statement, ZEC Chief Elections Officer Utoile Silaigwana said registered voters will be able to check if their names are on the displayed voters’ roll that will be used for the upcoming delimitation exercise on dates to be advised. The statement reads:
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) would like to inform the public that it will always make available copies of the voters’ roll upon request in accordance with provisions of the law as outlined in Section 21 of the Electoral Act. ZEC has nothing to hide as alleged in some press reports.
The Commission is also reminding the public that it is an offence to use provided voters’ rolls for other purposes unconnected to an election as stated in Section 21(7)(ii) of the Electoral Act.
The voters’ roll which will be used for the upcoming delimitation exercise will be available for inspection to members of the public on dates to be advised after it has been legally closed for delimitation on 30 May 2022. Hard copies will be displayed at all polling stations.
The onus will be on each registered voter to check if their names are on the displayed voters’ rolls and whether their details are correctly captured.
This is the verification method currently provided by the Electoral Act which the public should undertake.
Please note that the law does not provide for the independent audit of the voters’ roll hence the Commission will not yield to any amount of pressure exerted on it to act ultra vires its governing Act and Constitutional mandate.