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ZEC Accused Of Moving 170k Voters From Their Original Constituencies

ZEC Accused Of Moving 170k Voters From Their Original Constituencies

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has been accused of moving 170 000 voters from their original constituencies and wards ahead of the March 26 by-elections.

The move is seen as being deliberately aimed at affecting the outcome of the elections.

Activists, Team Pachedu, an opposition political activism online group, expressed concern over the development, saying ZEC was illegally changing electoral boundaries without notifying voters as stipulated by the law.

Critics say the move could disenfranchise many voters.

Team Pachedu said a total of 170 867 addresses that were in the 2018 voters roll have been edited by ZEC between 2018 and 2022, with Glen View South having the highest number of edited addresses (19 758), followed by Mangwe, Lupane East, Zaka East, Luveve, Kuwadzana and Chiredzi North. Said Team Pachedu:

Zec has also moved many people from Glen View South constituency to Harare South constituency. The mass movement of voters across constituencies and wards when addresses have not changed implies that Zec is illegally changing electoral boundaries.

One typical illegal movement involves hundreds of voters from Zvimba East to Glen View South (Chirangano Car Park Tent).

For multiple voters in Chitungwiza South constituency, Zec has changed their former 2018 wards, yet their residential addresses have not changed at all. Who did Zec inform before making these sweeping changes in wards as required by the law?

After the 2018 elections, Zec created new polling stations and some of them are 6301HRE2807 C, Glen Norah (728 voters), 6301HRE3103 C, Glenview South (671 voters), 6301HRE3202 C, Glen View South (669 voters) and 5801KWE1402 C, Kwekwe Central (669) without informing anyone as required by the law.

ZEC chief elections officer, Utoile Silaigwana, said citizens or organisations affected by the changes should approach ZEC district offices. He said:

Can we see the claims because we haven’t received any complaints to date? You are very aware that the voter registration exercise is still underway, and so we can only have the correct information when it has been completed.

On its official Twitter handle, Zec said polling stations are allocated according to proof of residence provided by the voter. The commission added that a voter has an option to transfer his/her registration to an area of preference provided they submit the requisite documents.

Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) board chairperson, Andrew Makoni, said the trends were worrying as it could disenfranchise voters. Makoni added:

Yes, it disfranchises voters as many will fail to vote because their wards have changed. Only Zec can provide the reasons why some voters may have been moved from one constituency to the other, and in this case from Glen View to Harare South as alleged.

Makoni also echoed ZEC’s remarks that it is possible for a voter to change his ward or constituency adding that they have to be the ones approaching ZEC seeking a transfer. 

Election Resource Centre (ERC) programmes manager Solomon Bobosibunu said they were analysing the voters’ roll to establish if reports are accurate adding that ZEC cannot move registered voters without their consent.

ZEC has in the past been accused of being biased towards the ruling ZANU PF, allegations the commission refutes.

More: NewZimbabwe.com


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12 Comments

Chazunguza 3 months ago

haaaa ndoomariggirwo atinoitiwa awa


Soul jah love 3 months ago

THI GUY CALLED THE BUSH LAWYER IS A SELLOUT ,WATCHOUT OF HIM.BUSH LAWYER YOU ARE SWAYING,YOUR POSITION IS UNCLEAR AND DONT THINK WE ARE FOOLS.FROM NOW ON I WILL BE MONITERING YOU VERY CLOSELY.

AS FOR ZEC THIS TIME MUCHAMAMA ,TAKE TAKE NEMWI.THESE YOUNG GUYS ARE CLEVER THAN YOU AND TOKUPFUMURAI AT EACH STEP YOU TAKE UNTIL ZVAITA.

ALUTA CONTINUA


Ungwas 3 months ago

Well presented by @ Bush Lawyer. Could you do us justice by changing your pseudonym to (DOCTOR FACT) You are too factually analytic to be a "bush lawyer". Perhaps I do not know the meaning of 'bush lawyer'kkkkkk


Patriot 3 months ago

Well done Mr bush lawyer,especially the issue of zvimba to glenview.you have facts you don't just jump to conclude or answer ,you make it easy


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 3 months ago

I THINK ZEC, ESPECIALLY MR SILAIGWANA, FAILED TO EXPLAIN THE FACT THAT DURING THE FIVE YEAR PERIOD WHEN THERE ARE NO ELECTIONS, PEOPLE VISIT ZEC OFFICES NOTIFYING IT THAT THEY HAVE CHANGED PLACES OF RESIDENCES.

IT IS THESE PEOPLE THAT ZEC TRANSFERS WHEN AN ELECTION IS PENDING. IF A PERSON VISITS ZEC OFFICES TO REGISTER HIS OWN TRANSFER TO ANOTHER WARD OR CONSTITUENCY, IT SHALL BE ILLOGICAL FOR ZEC TO NOTIFY THAT SAME PERSON AGAIN THAT HE HAS BEEN TRANSFERED TO SUCH A WARD OR CONSTITUENCY.

BUT WHAT SHOULD SURPRISE IS THE CORRELATION OF ZVIMBA EAST CONSTITUENCY AND GLEN VIEW SOUTH CONSTITUENCY. ZVIMBA EAST IS IN COMMUNAL LANDS AND GLEN VIEW SOUTH IS IN HARARE. THERE MUST BE A MISTAKE SOMEWHERE.

IF YOU READ MY EXPLANATION IN MY FIRST TWO PARAGRAPHS YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT ZEC IS ON THE RIGHT PATH. ZEC IS AGAIN GOING TO REPEAT THE SAME PROCESS BEFORE OUR HARMONISED ELECTIONS. THERE IS NO PREJUDICE TO ANY POLITICAL PARTY.

[PROPOPULO, PROPATRIA, PROLEGE]

[FOR THE PEOPLE, FOR THE COUNTRY, FOR THE LAW]

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


Sponono 3 months ago

Famba zanu pf

Pamberi ne zanu pf


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Sponono 3 months ago

@ patriotic yu are correct lets wait for @ bush lawyer if he has words


Patriot 3 months ago

Zvimba east to glenview south?very strange allegation, in the past zec accused of biased towards the ruling ZANU pf?.OK,in this case how will these alleged alterations support the ruling party? I BEG SOMEONE TO EXPLAIN TO ME PLEASE.DO ZEC OFFICIALS SPECIFICALLY KNOW THE POLITICAL SIDE OF EVERY VOTER SUCH THAT THOSE OF RULING PARTY SIDE ONLY REMAIN AT THEIR ACTUAL POLLING STATIONS.WELL ,IF THAT IS THE CASE, BUT I WANT TO THINK THIS IS GOING TO AFFECT EVERY VOTER REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL SIDE.MAYBE MR BUSH LAWYER YOU CAN REITERATE TO ME HERE,I MEAN HOW THIS CAN HELP ONE POLITICAL SIDE WITHOUT AFFECTING EVERY VOTER?


Dziva05zw 3 months ago

The most affected are urban areas in which the opposition is more popular hence 170k voters with confusion its 170k voters lost and Ruling party hasnt won many seats in Harare and to them it would be a good sacrifice for a frw votes which they were going to receive

Mboko 3 months ago

Zec is zanu pf..


Tutu 3 months ago

Kkkkkk wapedza iwe kkkkkkkk

Mᴀʀᴀᴠᴀᴢᴀ 3 months ago

Wʜʏ? ....ᴛʜɪs ɪs ᴘᴜʀᴇ ʀɪɢɢɪɴɢ, ᴏᴘᴘᴏsɪᴛɪᴏɴ ᴘᴀʀᴛɪᴇs sʜᴏᴜʟᴅ ɴᴏᴛ ᴛᴀᴋᴇ ᴛʜɪs ʟɪɢʜᴛʟʏ. Tʀᴀɴsғᴇʀʀɪɴɢ ᴠᴏᴛᴇʀs ғʀᴏᴍ ᴀ ɴᴏɴ ᴠᴏᴛɪɴɢ ᴄᴏɴsᴛɪᴛᴜᴇɴᴄʏ ᴛᴏ ᴀ ᴠᴏᴛɪɴɢ ᴄᴏɴsᴛɪᴛᴜᴇɴᴄʏ ᴅsᴍᴀᴄᴋs ᴏғ ʀɪɢɢɪɴɢ ᴀᴄᴛ.



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