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:
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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.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is an independent body which controls and or manages all election processes at all levels in Zimbabwe. Despite being registered as a non-partisan body, ZEC has been criticised for aligning itself with the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU... Read More About Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
Douglas Mwonzora is a lawyer, politician and senator representing Movement for Democratic Change in parliament. Mwonzora was former Secretary General of the MDC Alliance before he lost to Chalton Hwende in the 2019 Congress held in Gweru but got reprieve from the Supreme Court ruling... Read More About Douglas Mwonzora