Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa has criticised political parties under the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) and Coalition of Democrats (CODE) for planning to demonstrate over Government’s takeover of biometric voter registration kits procurement process. Speaking to The Herald, Chinamasa said Government has the sole responsibility of funding electoral processes in the country and foreign organisations have no role to play in the conduct of those polls.
It is Government’s responsibility to fund the electoral process. It is ZEC’s constitutional obligation to conduct or run the Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Authority elections and it must do so without interference from any quarter. It would be a shame on Zimbabweans to feel that foreign governments or organisations have a role to play in the funding or conduct of our elections. Such notions are a denial of the principles of independence and sovereignty. It is important to note that a Six (6) member Steering Committee representing all political parties held a very fruitful and constructive meeting with Justice Makarau who emphasised that Government was taking over the funding of the acquisition of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) equipment.
Chinamasa said the demonstrations being plotted by NERA and CODE had a hidden agenda and should be ignored by Zimbabweans.