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parties still don’t have the voters’ roll
Sibanda, SW Radio Africa
With just one
week to go before the general elections, political parties have
still not been given the national consolidated voters roll.
the deputy chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC),
said the Registrar-General’s office was still working on printing
the voters’ roll for all the country’s 1,958 wards.
At a media briefing
in Harare on Tuesday about ZEC’s state of preparedness for
the July 31st polls, Kazembe explained that once all the registers
are printed, they will be transmitted to all the wards in the 210
was attended by local and foreign observers, including those from
SADC, AU and COMESA. Civil society organisations, NGO’s and
representatives of political parties also attended.
But the unavailability
of the consolidated voters roll for the whole country is raising
tensions between political parties and ZEC.
Last week, the
MDC-T’ secretary-general Tendai Biti said by now the RG’s
office should have handed over the voters roll to ZEC for onward
transmission to political parties contesting the poll.
are obliged to inspect and audit the voters’ roll and then
sign off the one that will be used for the elections. Biti said
they were aware of the shenanigans around the voters’ roll,
claiming that it was the new theatre of vote rigging.
of voters ended on 9th July with the Registrar-general, Tobaiwa
Mudede revealing this week that a total of 6.4 million voters are
eligible to vote in the elections.
He refuted claims
of vote rigging saying it was impossible to do this using the voters’
roll. But that has not allayed fears of manipulation of the roll
following persistent accusations that an Israeli company, Nikuv
International Projects, was working with Mudede to rig the elections
on behalf of Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party.
specialises in population registration and election systems, is
accused of providing technical support to the former ruling party
in order to manipulate the voters’ roll.
Quoted in the
South African Mail and Guardian newspaper Nikuv has said the allegations
that they are helping to rig the Zim vote are untrue.
At the ZEC briefing
Kazembe said ballot papers will be sent to all constituencies by
Thursday and said that there will be enough polling stations for
people to cast their votes easily.
She said each
polling station will have enough space to accommodate three to four
voters at any given time during the twelve hours of voting. There
will be three translucent boxes in each station, clearly marked
for the Presidential, House of Assembly and Local Authority election.
be conducted between 7am and 7pm but if there are people in queues
after the 12-hour deadline passes, they will still be allowed to
ask security personnel to put a marker on the last person standing
in a queue so that they will be able to cast their votes. Anyone
wanting to join the queue after 7pm will not be allowed to vote,’
body said it has accredited 18,000 local observers to monitor the
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