The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Wednesday claimed that the voters’ roll was “very perfect” after only 1% of registered voters verified their details.
Statistics released by ZEC yesterday and seen by NewsDay show that the turnout for the delimitation voters roll inspection was 50.03%, with 2 904 253 voters out of 5 804 497 registered voters confirming their details.
Of these, 789 967 (27.20%) physically visited polling stations to inspect their details and 2 114 286 (72.80%) used the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data service.
ZEC said it received 27 788 (0.96%) requests for corrections on name changes, spelling errors and addresses, among others.
The exercise ran from July 17 to 27.
ZEC spokesperson Jasper Mangwana told NewsDay that the few errors showed that the voters’ roll was perfect. He said:
27 788 queries came from the people that needed corrections. Some changed names and surnames, and some were just typo errors, which is 0,96%. It means that the voters’ roll is very perfect and there is no reason to continue to worry saying the voters roll is in shambles when the owners of the details have inspected them.
50,03% (turnout), that’s a huge number. If you’re the owner of information coming to inspect and you’re happy with it, it means that what the commission is doing is in compliance with the level of accuracy needed by a lot of people.
Meanwhile, opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) interim deputy secretary for elections Ellen Shiriyedenga said the public has not yet seen the updated delimitation voters roll and there is a potential under-registration of over two million eligible voters.
Zimbabwe Election Advocacy Trust (ZEAT) executive director Ignatius Sadziwa said the voter inspection turnout figures are far from pleasing despite a mobile searching platform which was hoped was going to ease the process.