Election results expose arithmetic errors: ERC

HARARE - Results for the 2018 harmonised election announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) expose disturbing arithmetic errors, an election watchdog has said.

Election Resource Centre (ERC) said apart from the arithmetic errors there were also issues to do with over voting (more votes than registered voters), results counted more than once, missing polling stations, polling stations without results and polling station identity numbers that are different from the gazetted ones.

“The existence of such inadequacies on the announced presidential results, coupled with the absence of a publicly shared complete biometric voters’ roll used on polling day exposes the elections, including the results, to potential manipulation or fraud,” said ERC director Tawanda Chimhini.

He said in an environment of limited public confidence in the electoral commission, Zec could have done a better job in fully and proactively preparing for the 2018 harmonised elections including verifying their own information, availing opportunities and necessary information for independent verification of all electoral processes.

Chimhini said ERC forewarned and raised concerns around what appeared to be clear indications of ill-preparedness by Zec to conduct a credible, free and fair election.

The ERC said it noted issues that would result in an inevitably disputed electoral outcome, if changes were not instituted.

“Major signals of Zec’s ill-preparedness to run a credible poll included limited transparency in the administration of key electoral processes such as voter registration, procurement, production, storage and distribution of sensitive electoral materials including ballot papers.

“The pattern of ill-preparedness was also clearly evident in the state of the availed incomplete voters’ roll.

“The voters’ roll contained inaccuracies that should not have been accommodated in a biometric voters’ roll such as potential duplicate entries, entries with missing information such as residential addresses and questionable identity numbers.

“While some of the challenges with the incomplete voters’ roll shared could have been a result of a potentially defective civil register, the ERC contended that a credible voters’ roll should have rejected inaccurate entries and the fact that such entries had been left on the roll raise questions around Zec’s competence,” said Chimhini.

He said unfortunately, the same issues regarding ill-preparedness and gross inaccuracies have arisen with the results announced by the electoral commission.

“Further, Zec should have been more accountable to election stakeholders across the election cycle. Going forward, Zec must improve on issues around accuracy and transparency in election administration.”

Comments (7)

elections were rigged hapana asiri kuzviziva

g40 - 15 August 2018

Shame to Dambudzo, he is a disgrace to this country. He is the man responsible for the death of over 10 people in Harare recently shot by soldiers. Who doesn't know that ED Dambudzo lost the election. We did not vote for him, we the people. Dambudzo is not legitimate, he should have done the respectable of accepting defeat instead of accepting gifts of votes from military controlled ZEC. Shame Dambudzo, we the people know that you lost the election, whatever PR you may try does not change that, you lost, whatever you try to portray, the truth is stubborn, Dambudzo lost this election hand down

Ballista - 16 August 2018

Mnangagwa has been in govt for 38 years, he loses an election and tries to hang on by killing people, shame, people did not vote for you, shame to you ED.

Mandla - 16 August 2018

When you have power hungry rulers not leader the country has a problem. Our big problem is power hungry Mnangagwa and Chiwenga. But what these two don't know is that they are going to be the biggest failures in the history of this country. Their failure is being marked by killing innocent civilians in Harare. Mugabe's failure was marked by Gukurahundi. Any ruler with blood on their hands shall not succeed. Lets see if the people eat the PFEE SLOGAN.

Marabichi - 16 August 2018

To tell you the truth I was hurt when I heard had Mangwana on twitter saying sanctions don't hurt ZANU PF but the ordinary people. So it means in the ordinary people there is no longer ZANU PF supporters, so who voted for them. Mangwana should know that he has his day in HELL, he is not immortal.

Peter Moyo - 16 August 2018


Sandra - 18 August 2018

People of Zimbabwe lets keep on Praying for the truth to be in vain, coz Godisinit. Why do these guys pretend as if they like people yet their hands are full of blood. I just want to edge you Zim people that the one who lives by sword shall die by sword. Godisinit. Asante sana

summer - 18 August 2018

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