Independent electoral watchdogs the Election Resource Centre (ERC) and Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) have written to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission demanding an audit of the voters’ roll used in the Chiwundura by-election in Midlands. This comes after the two reportedly discovered anomalies on the voters’ roll which include multiple registrations. The two watchdogs fear that this could affect the credibility of next years harmonised elections.
In a statement the ERC said:
(The) audit revealed (that) 863 (people) are registered more than once and appear in different polling stations, there are 132 voters with ID (identity) numbers that are invalid and 218 voters with ID numbers that have a suffix that does not conform to the National Registration Act
While ZESN said:
Zesn calls upon Zec to publicly issue a statement on the reported anomalies with regards to duplicates, and invalid IDs to instil public confidence in the electoral processes, particularly the voter registration,” the body said, adding the 2013 voters’ roll should be dumped.
According to Zec, there are some records of people with exactly the same first name, surname, gender and date of birth but with different identification numbers.
Some voters are reported to have identification numbers that are invalid.
Zec chairperson, Rita Makarau said:
We received the report on Friday and welcome this sort of engagement.
We are going, however, to engage the ERC and check whether they were using the voters’ roll we gave to the political parties after cleaning up our draft