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electoral processes analysed
July 26, 2013
Democracy Institute yesterday, launched a report entitled Electoral
Battleground: Voters’ Roll Rigmarole which examines the
ongoing electoral process focusing on the mobile registration process.
The report demonstrates how disarrayed the process is and its insufficiency
in delivering credible,
free and fair elections. The launch was attended by different
members of the civil society, some delegates from the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (ZEC) and members of the media.
the launch of the report, the chairperson of ZDI noted that cases
of politically motivated violence have been very low prior to the
July 31, 2013 elections as compared
to the 2008 scenario. “However, the freeness and fairness
of elections is not defined by the mere absence of violence, there
is need for transparency, openness and involvement but the Zimbabwean
case is different,” Ruhanya noted. There have been annotations
on how the whole process has been manipulated at every stage, starting
from the mobile voter registration process to the voter’s
role as a document right into the casting of the votes. The report
highlights some of the ways the system has been manipulated.
To begin with,
the mobile voter registration was chaotic, restrictive and discriminatory.
ZEC failed to fully publicize the mobile voter registration which
disadvantaged a lot of prospective voters who could not register
because they were not well informed about the process. To further
suppress the number of people who would register as voters, ZEC
put in place some restrictive voter registration requirements which
consequently delimited people from registering.
the process was crafted to disenfranchise the so-called aliens.
Potential registrants faced a plethora of challenges, not only in
acquiring the required documents but also in registering and most
of them could not register as voters because of the restrictive
measures. All the processes were slow and frustrating which led
to the withdrawal of multiple prospective voters and there were
no efforts to help these people.
of the mobile voter registration centres was also outlined as one
major anomaly in the mobile voter registration process. The results
demonstrated that there was a highly disproportionate distribution
with some provinces with a high contribution to the national population
having fewer registration centres for example, Harare, a province
which makes one of the highest contributions to the national population
with 29 constituencies had only 18 registration centres while Matebeleland
North with only 13 constituencies and less population had 85 registration
centres. This obviously has a huge bearing in dismissing the freeness
and fairness of elections.
These were some
of the issues highlighted in the report and some of the recommendations
given include the auditing of the voters’ roll by every player,
the monitoring of the polling stations by observers so that those
who are registered to vote will be the only ones to cast their votes,
ZEC to contribute towards free and fair elections through transparency
and for security forces not to interfere in the political and electoral
processes of the state.
agree to say that the voters’ roll is a legitimate document
to be used for authentic elections and it is the one that determines
the freeness and fairness of those elections. This raises questions
on the chaotic and shambolic Zimbabwean voter’s roll.
will not have an opportunity to analyse the voters’ roll as
it will be released on the eleventh hour after all has been done
to distort the numbers and the registered voters appearing on the
voters’ roll. All this will only be noticed when it is already
too late, as the voters’ roll will not be made available for
Zimbabwean people to see. It has been argued that it is not accidental
that the voters’ roll is not in the hands of the people, it
has always been manipulated even in the past elections and so has
the whole system.
emanates from the credibility of the whole electoral process. In
the Zimbabwean case, flags are already being raised perceiving the
past processes that have been manipulated with special attention
to the voters’ roll and the chaotic special vote.
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