Zec allays fears of dead people on voters' roll

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is working round the clock to cleanse the voters’ roll of any ghost voters.

As part of efforts to keep a clean voters’ roll, Zec has asked the Registrar General (RG)’s office to submit to the elections management body a list of dead people every month.

“If the RGs tells us someone is dead, we take their word..,” Zec commissioner Netsai Mushonga said on her twitter account.

Mushonga said no person would be removed from the voters’ roll without any valid reason.

By end of April, there were at least 5 000 registered voters who died before the finalisation of the biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise, according to Zec statistics.

It is a legal requirement that all deaths are reported and entered into a register of deaths.

Before the current BVR exercise, the elections management body had been criticised for not deleting the dead from the voters’ roll and allowing duplications to inflate the roll.

Nearly one-third of Zimbabwe’s registered voters at the time were reportedly dead.

Anomalies in the voters’ roll open the door for double voting and other rigging intentions.

Mushonga also allayed fears that Zec had set up “ghost polling stations for manipulation” after it emerged that the electoral management body would be adding additional polling sites for voters.

This comes as there are calls for Zec to gazette the names, location and number of polling stations in the interest of transparency.

“We are experts in election management and splitting one polling station into several with a thousand makes it easier for us to expedite your voting. Having 7 000 people in one room is a recipe for disaster!” she exclaimed.

“Our threshold is 1 000 voters so where there are more than 1 000 we will create more polling stations. We figure each polling station can process only 1 000 voters in 12 hours and not more. Simple!”

Comments (3)

Can Mushonga prove that ZEC are "experts" as she alleges?She should atart by defining what an expert is and then tender empirical evidence to back up her assertion. If found wanting, then she must resign in singular shame and ignominy.

Argus - 30 May 2018

WHAT IS ALLAYING FEARS, THEY SHOULD RELEASE THE PROVISIONAL VOTERS ROLL SO POLITICAL PARTIES CAN COMPARE WITH THE ACTUAL ROLL WHEN IT COMES OUT, THATS DEMOCRACY. TIPEI TIONE VOTERS ROLL, WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF

mbano - 31 May 2018

First of all , dead people on the voters' roll are not ghost voters because people die on a daily basis after registering . These will always be there . They only become ghost voters if votes are cast on their behalf . The dead will not vote so we do not have to make an issue as if some one has registered dead people . ZEC is an independent entity constitutionally and now you want to break the law by being involved in ZEC business . Leave ZEC alone . If anyone takes ZEC to court , that person should pay the cost .

Hayibo. - 5 June 2018

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