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A clean and up to date voter’s roll key to credible elections
for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ)
July 02, 2013
of an accurate and up-to-date voter’s register goes far in
fulfilling the democratizing function of elections. Before elections
are held, State authorities should ensure that there is in place
a clean voter’s roll to allow all eligible
voters to fully participate in the elections. Unfortunately
the current voter’s roll is in shambles and the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (ZEC) recently admitted that the voter’s register
is in a bad state.
The Centre for
Community Development In Zimbabwe (CCDZ) is worried about the reports
of tampering with the voter’s roll by some players in the
government. We reiterate our calls that ZEC must be fully in
charge of all electoral issues, including the compilation of the
voter’s roll. CCDZ and other civil society organizations have
unearthed various anomalies in the ongoing voter registration process
including the politicization of the whole exercise. In some areas,
CCDZ witnessed deliberate efforts to disenfranchise some citizens
because of their political affiliation. In rural areas some traditional
leaders are denying known MDC activists proof of residence to register
as voters whilst those believed to be ZANU-PF supporters are being
registered without any hassles. Although the proof of registration
requirement has been waived, we still believe that many people have
been unfairly treated by partisan traditional leaders.
voter registration exercise must be insulated from party politics.
In some areas, CCDZ volunteers witnessed people being assisted to
register as voters at some centres by politicians and war veterans.
In Midlands at Zalova Farm, some war veterans ferried voters who
went straight in front of the queue and were assisted without producing
any proof of residence or completing the affidavit forms. There
are some instances where some headman (traditional leaders) brought
villagers to registration centres and simply said: “Ndauya
nevanhu vangu kuzonyoresa” (I have come with my people to
have them registered).
The SADC and
AU guidelines governing conduct of democratic elections recognize
the importance of voter registration in the electoral process. The
SADC guidelines underscore the need for transparency in all electoral
matters including voter registration. We reiterate our calls for
government to urgently put in place mechanisms to ensure that all
eligible voters are registered including the so-called ‘aliens’
who continue to be turned down in some areas.
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