Former Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) director for Information Communication Technology and voter delimitation, Pamela Mapondera has taken the electoral body to the Labour Court for unlawfully terminating her contract.
NewsDay Zimbabwe reports that ZEC had terminated her contract accusing her of leaking the voters’ roll to political parties.
Mapondera who is represented by Ephraim Ndhlovu of Mabundu and Ndhlovu law chambers has cited ZEC, and its chairperson Priscilla Chigumba, in that order, as the first and second respondent.
This is happening as opposition Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa has condemned the voters’ roll saying it has anomalies.
The party said ZEC should use the 2018 version of the voters’ roll for the by-elections slated for 26 March.
CCC’s stance comes after Team Pachedu, an opposition political activism online group, had alleged that the voters’ roll released by ZEC had several irregularities including that:
1). people registered under the same house addresses are being registered under different wards.
2). there are registered voters who used addresses of central business district offices, some of which have not been in use for some time.
3). thousands of other voters were registered under incomplete addresses that do not meet the VR1 requirements for rural voters.
4). over 177 000 people have been moved constituencies and or wards.
ZEC responded to Team Pachedu’s allegations saying the roll had been tampered with. The electoral body also said the roll that had anomalies was not the final version.