Parly thematic committee summons Zec

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has been summoned to appear before the Parliamentary thematic committee on peace and security for an update on the electoral body’s preparedness for the upcoming polls.

Zec is the body charged with conducting electoral processes in the country, but was exposed during the abortive three-week mobile voter registration blitz.

With another round of voter registration in the offing, legislators are keen to quiz Zec to ascertain whether the body has made requisite corrections.

Damian Mumvuri, Zanu PF senator and chairperson of the committee, told the Daily News that Rita Makarau, who chairs Zec, is expected before the committee next week.

“We have agreed as a committee that we need to meet all stakeholders involved in the running of the elections, and we are going to be calling Zec, the Zimbabwe Republic Police and media organisations since they are some of the major players in the elections,” said Mumvuri.

He said the committee has written a letter to Makarau informing her of the need to furnish the committee on the finer details relating to holding elections.

“We are now in the election season and we need to know what is happening from all the stakeholders including Zec,” said Mumvuri.

Past experiences of violence have seen legislators assume a proactive stance as stakeholders are keen on avoiding a repeat of the 2008 election violent incidents.

“We are concerned that peace should prevail before and after the elections, this is why we are also going to meet the police since they will be working together with Zec during the election period. As another arm of the government we need to be informed,” Mumvuri.

The new Constitution, signed into law by President Robert Mugabe last week, makes it mandatory for a 30-day mobile voter registration exercise and government has already secured $25 million for the blitz that is starting next week.

Dates for elections are yet to be announced as Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai fail to agree on the timing for the critical exercise.

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