THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has refused to avail a copy of the 2013 voter’s roll after a request for it by a local activist group.
In a letter dated 25 June and addressed to Concerned Citizens Support Network of Zimbabwe (CCSNZ), ZEC chairperson Rita Makarau said the electoral body has no copy of the 2013 voter’s roll.
“Your letter dated 8 June 2017 regarding the above subject matter is hereby acknowledged.
“We do not have a copy of the voters roll used in the 2013 general elections. Accordingly, we regret to advise that we are unable to accede to your request,” read ZEC’s response.
CCSNZ had made another request earlier on 29 May for public clarification on Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) ahead of the 2018 elections.
ZEC also rejected accusations of delaying the announcement of BVR tender winner.
“While it appeared as if it had taken too long to announce the tender winner (Luxton Group Limited), it was necessary to follow due procedure in evaluating the tenders,” said Makarau.
ZEC also failed to clarify on the commencement of the voter registration exercise only advising that the Commission was awaiting justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s approval before regulations could be gazetted as “per procedure”.
Makarau also insisted that dialogue between ZEC and political parties is on-going though these meetings and their outcomes are not even made available to the media and the public at large.
“We refuse to support an election without a pre-inspected voters roll and make it clear that we are in agreement with the fact that residence requirements set forth by ZEC disenfranchise citizens as some groups in society would not meet those requirements,” said a CCSNZ official in an interview with New Zimbabwe.
“Why is it so difficult to obtain a voter’s roll which should be transparent to all citizens?”
ZEC has been accused by the opposition of helping Zanu PF to rig elections.
Reports last week said ZEC was engaging Nikuv International Company to once again help Zanu PF and ZEC rig next year’s election.