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New electronic voters’ roll makes inspection easier for Zimbabweans
Gonda, SW Radio Africa
July 01, 2013
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A group of organizations
involved in the pro-democracy movement have created a website with
an electronic voters’ roll, after years of refusals from the
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to provide this service.
It is the same
voter’s roll that ZEC has, and Zimbabweans from anywhere in
the world can access it. All you need do is enter your ID number
to check if you are registered.
comes after a preliminary report has been compiled, and will be
handed to ZEC this week, which is a damning expose showing massive
ballot stuffing in various constituencies around the country. The
report shows there are significantly more people
who have registered to vote than the actual population in many
The MDC-T obtained
a voters roll dated May 27th 2013 and it is believed it is this
same roll that is being supplied by a coalition of civic groups
to provide clear, simple and accurate voter registration information
for the general public, as the country prepares for polls scheduled
for July 31st.
are encouraged to check the new www.myzimvote.com
website and to take any queries or anomalies found to the relevant
authorities, such as the ZEC.
roll expert, Topper Whitehead, who was deported from Zimbabwe in
2006 after exposing how the former ruling party rigged the 2002
presidential election and subsequent elections, said it is a tragedy
that ZEC has been reluctant to supply an electronic voters’
Whitehead is among the
group of people who extensively studied the updated voters’
roll and gave this information to the organizations that will release
the report to ZEC. He said the report reveals ‘mindboggling’
“Zimbabwe did a
national census last year but if you compare that census with the
voters’ roll in the various age bands, from 30 and above,
there are more registered voters than there are people registered
as far as the census is concerned,” Whitehead said.
The roll is said to have
at least 5.8 million registered voters, of people over the age of
18. Zimbabwe’s population is 12 million according the recent
Whitehead added: “When
compared with the actual age bands you will see that there are more
registered voters than there are people. It is frightening to see
that there are some ghost voters on the voters’ roll.”
Tens of thousands of
Zimbabweans have not been able to get to registration centres to
check if they are on the voters roll and many have spent numerous
hours trying to physically check. But if people have access to the
internet, the group behind myzimvote say the website is a fast and
convenient way to inspect the voters roll.
has been so popular that many people have had problems accessing
it due to the large volumes of traffic to the website, that overloaded
the server at one time. The organization said this problem has been
dealt with and everyone should be able to check it at any time.
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