In a report released on its website, the Election Resource Centre (ERC) says the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) snubbed a recommendation to register more than 100 voters in Harare at Cecil House and Remembrance Complex.
ERC said it noted that ZEC was only registering 100 people at the two places and had communicated the observation to the electoral managing body which ignored a suggestion to ensure unlimited continuous voter registration throughout a normal working day. Below is an excerpt of the report by ERC:
The Election Resource Centre (ERC) has noted with great concern that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is only registering 100 people per day at Cecil House and Remembrance Complex static voter registration centers in Harare, with the prospective registrants being turned away as early as 11am. The observation, having been made on 29 March 2018, was communicated to ZEC in the spirit of assisting the Commission in remedying identified challenges in the electoral process. In the communication, the ERC recommended that the Commission ensures unlimited continuous voter registration throughout a normal working day. The observation and recommendation have been snubbed by ZEC.
ZEC’s decision to ignore suggests a disregard of key principles of voter registration and election administration. Constricting the number of voter registrants per day in Harare, a province where the rate of registration has been the lowest compared to other provinces, violates principles of inclusivity, comprehensiveness and accessibility in voter registration. The consequence of flouting principles of voter registration by disregarding calls to open up voter registration in Harare exposes the credibility of the voter registration process and the election to doubt. The right to vote can only be sufficiently exercised if equal participation and access to voter registration are guaranteed. Such is currently not the case.