Govt urged to disband Zec

HARARE - Former Energy minister and opposition party leader Elton Mangoma has called for disbandment of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) and the voters’ roll ahead of the 2018 general election.

Mangoma — an ex-MDC treasurer who now leads the Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ) party — said both the commission and the voters’ roll have been used as rigging mechanisms by the ruling Zanu PF.

This follows various other demands for electoral reforms by citizens and 18 other political parties under the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) banner.

RDZ is however, not part of Nera.

“The voters’ roll in Zimbabwe has been used as a tool for excluding citizens from voting and therefore a systematic rigging tool by Zanu PF using Zec. This is why both the voters’ roll and Zec must not be used in the forthcoming elections,” Mangoma said at a recent press conference.

“Zec should be fully disbanded, both commissioners and staff — general election to be managed by United Nations (UN), Africa Union (AU) and Sadc.”

In the meantime, Zec has stopped voter registration, which is supposed to be an on-going process, citing lack of funds.

Mangoma said the voter registration process segregated the poor as it demanded documents such as proof of residents putting them at the mercy of homeowners and chiefs.

“The voter registration process is politicised particularly in the rural areas with names of voter registrants being collected by known Zanu PF officials and traditional leaders.  The voter registrants are then warned not to vote for anyone else except Zanu PF. This is worsened in that for a long time the traditional leaders had to issue the proof of residence. The rural voter registrants then become truly captive.

“On voting day, a good number of voters on the voters’ roll are turned away.

“This was a system used by Zec to exclude people they did not trust. Zec decides which areas and places intensive voter registration takes place.

“The intensive voter registration undertaken in 2013 was concentrated in Mashonaland provinces against other provinces and in rural areas against urban areas and in favour of the old versus the young.

RDZ demands to see a situation where everyone in any part of the country with a national Identity Card is able to vote.

“Voting using identity documents is identical to the process followed in the 2013 referendum,” he said that this would curb the issue of intimidation and violence on voters.

Comments (1)

I totally agree. Makarau is compromised and voting in Zim is a waste of time when the outcome is predetermined. Why have all the CIO operatives in there if the system is supposed to be transparent? Musorobhangu says ZANU won't legislate itself out of power hence the status quo. Because they survive by cheating. Let's dismantle their cheating machine

Moe Syslack - 10 October 2016

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