Opposition parties have cried foul over the $100 000 demanded by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) for a copy of the national voters’ roll. The new charges are contained in a raft of new electoral regulations proposed by Zec.
Speaking to NewsDay, MDC-T secretary general, Mr Douglas Mwonzora said:
The costs of the voters’ rolls are unbelievably prohibitive. For example, an electronic voters’ roll in respect of a polling station costs $1. However, Zimbabwe has over 10 000 polling stations. That means that a national party will be required to fork out more than $10 000 for polling station voters’ rolls. If it requires printed polling station voters’ rolls, they will cost $10 each. That means in respect of the 10 000 polling stations, a party will be required to fork out $100 000.
The new charges are contained in a raft of new electoral regulations proposed by Zec. The MDC-T has threatened to mobilise other stakeholders to block the adoption of the regulations ahead of next year’s general elections.
Zimbabwe has 1 200 wards and a political party that needs a bunched national voters’ roll will have to pay $18 000 to access the document in its printed format.