Zec boss to appear before Parliament

HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) boss Justice Rita Makarau will next week appear before a joint Parliamentary committees on peace and security, defence and home affairs to give an update on the body’s readiness to conduct impending polls.

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

The meeting will be held in the Senate chamber next week on Wednesday.
 
The Defence and Home Affairs Committee is led by Paul Madzore, an MDC MP for Glen View South Constituency, while Peace and Home affairs committee is chaired by Damian Mumvuri Zanu PF Senator for Rushinga — Mt Darwin Constituency.

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

Mumvuri told the Daily News: “We have agreed with our sister committee of Defence that instead of them meeting Makarau separately, we are going to do so jointly. We have always liaised with them since we cover the same matters. It is not going to be the first time holding a joint meeting with them as we did it together when we summoned police commissioner general Augustine Chihuri last year."
 
Madzore also confirmed of their joint meeting on Wednesday in the Senate chamber.

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

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