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You Cannot Cheat The ZEC Voter Registration System - Chigumba

You Cannot Cheat The ZEC Voter Registration System - Chigumba

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Priscilla Chigumba said the electoral body has detected numerous people who registered to vote multiple times after receiving incentives from NGOs and civic groups.

Speaking on a local television station, ZTN, Chigumba said the ZEC system works on the basis of biometrics as primary identification and not on national identity and is, therefore, able to detect multiple voter registrants. Said Chigumba:

There were a lot of people who were given incentives to register to vote. Those people did not disclose to the NGOs [non-governmental organisations] and to the civil society organisations that they were already registered to vote in order to access the incentives.

Those people were then flagged by our system that there is a person with one set of fingerprints who registered six times to vote, but they were already on the voters’ roll.

So what happens in our system is that if you register 10 times to vote, it will only recognise one file, it will only say that there is one registrant. You cannot cheat the ZEC voter registration system.

Several civic groups have criticised ZEC’s voter registration exercise as not inclusive and likely to disenfranchise thousands of potential first-time voters. Added Chigumba:

Our system works on the basis of fingerprints as primary identification. The system does not care about your national identity.

It notifies us that there is one person who is trying to register six or more times. We only accept one set of fingerprints per person and we reject the others.

This is what is happening, It has been reported to us that they would deliberately go to registration centres and they would deliberately go to different organisations that are mobilising people to register to vote and they would access incentives and when it comes to being entered as a registrant on the voters’ roll, this identifies them as multiple registrants.

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4 Comments

Do that 3 months ago

Kana Vanhu vakaita izvi ka 💯 you now saying it's now more than 6m registered voters more 2000 yamaka mbo rewa paye be siriyasi imi makunyepera ma NGOs 🇱🇷🇮🇸🇮🇱🇮🇴


Regular Voter 4 months ago

Many thanks to the Commissioner for providing clarity on the effective controls regarding the voter registration process at ZEC. However, many of us expected her to share with us the control weaknesses as well, especially the collation of results, verification and the capturing of data into the system. Do effective controls exist as well in these parts of your operations Commissioner ? We have read about stories like "Excelgate". Clarity regarding the aforementioned operational areas could help ignite voter confidence as it relates to ZEC operations and the credibility of election results could be enhanced.


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 4 months ago

IF WHAT ZEC CHAIRPERSON, PRISCILLA CHIGUMBA, HAS EXPLAINED IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS ON THE VOTING DAY, THEN I HONESTLY AGREE THAT CHEATING BY VOTING MULTIPLE TIMES IS ALMOST ZERO.

THE CHEATING WHICH IS STILL OPEN IS BALLOT BOX SWAPPING AND BALLOT BOX STAFFING.

BALLOT BOX SWAPPING AND BALLOT BOX STAFFING CAN BE STAMPED OUT BY POLITICAL PARTIES STAFFING EVERY POLLING STATION WITH WELL TRAINED, WELL FED AND WELL PAID POLLING AGENTS.

IN 2018 MDC ALLIANCE FAILED TO POLLING AGENTS AT ALMOST 20% OF THE POLLING STATIONS. BALLOT BOX SWAPPING AND BALLOT BOX STAFFING COULD HAVE HAPPENED AT SUCH POLLING STATIONS, BUT MDC ALLIANCE FAILED TO PROVE THEIR CASE BECAUSE THEY FAILED TO PRODUCE V11 FORMS FOR SUCH POLLING STATIONS.

A V11 FORM IS A FORM WHICH CONTAINS THE RESULTS OF VOTES AT PARTICULAR POLLING STATION. IT IS SIGNED BY ZRP OFFICER, POLLING STATION IN CHARGE AND POLLING AGENTS. THIS FORM THEN IS PINNED OR PASTED ON AN OPEN SPACE FOR EVERYONE TO SEE.

IN THE ONCOMING BYELECTIONS AND HARMONISED ELECTIONS WE DO NOT WANT TO HEAR NOISES OF BEING RIGGED AND IF INDEED THERE WAS ANYONE WHO CHEATED, "STOP IT."

{ I AM HOPING THROUGH HOPE THAT OUR ELECTIONS WILL GO ON WELL THIS TIME AROUND. }

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
{ THE BUSH LAWYER }


Sir king dejavu wejecha 4 months ago

Ah zve zec zvinonetsa zve so varikuti the same person was engaged by different civic groups and registered more than 100 times ha pfutsek mhani



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