Updated: Uproar As British Embassy Gets Voters Roll, Advises Locals To Be Patient, Pushy

Amid complaints from various aspiring candidates that they are failing to access the voters’ roll from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), the British Embassy in Zimbabwe revealed that it has received an electronic copy of the voters’ roll today. The British Embassy advised people to be patient and to be pushy as well in order to get the roll which Zec chairperson Priscilla Chigumba said was available last Friday. Writing on their social media site, Twitter, The British Embassy said,

However, some Zimbabweans on Twitter accused the British of running a public relations stunt for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. Some even challenged the British Embassy to post the voters’ roll online if they indeed have it. Most did not understand how the  British were able to access the roll before the locals.

The British government and it’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, Catriona Laing in particular, have been accused of backing President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zanu-PF to win the July 30 elections.  Ironically, at a press conference held on Monday, Justice Chigumba said that getting that voters’ roll was not like buying a loaf of bread and that one needed to follow a procedure.  Here is the procedure according to Chigumba,

VOTERS ROLL REQUEST PROCEDURE
1. Request goes to Director Voter Registration and Delimitation Department (VR&D)s office.

2. Details of applicant are entered onto the form indicating whether he/she is a candidate or not a candidate.

3. If candidate, confirm same from the list of candidates

4. If non-candidate. VR&D to issue an invoice for payment

5. Applicant to take invoice to Accounts Office for payment and be issued with a receipt

6. Applicant takes receipt to VR & D office where receipt number is captured

7. Applicant is advised of collection date by VR & D Office

8. VR & D Office advises ICT of the applicant’s request and date of collection

9. ICT advises VR& D of time of collection

10. ICT to remit completed copies of the Voters Rolls to VR & D

11. The Applicant collects the roll from VR& D On — applicant signs on the collection register to acknowledge

Here is how some Zimbabweans responded to the whole episode,

 

https://twitter.com/NdinneMilayo/status/1008685187549618176

https://twitter.com/NdinneMilayo/status/1008683569424797698

Update:

After publishing the story, we later confirmed that some candidates who had previously failed to buy the roll had managed to get copies from Zec.

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4 comments on “Updated: Uproar As British Embassy Gets Voters Roll, Advises Locals To Be Patient, Pushy

  1. I have NEVER thought of Zimbabwean being paranoid but we seem to be displaying that of late. It’s many allegations of election rigging get proof please before pointing fingers. Now people are so daring as to accuse Britain of Supporting ED. PEOPLE SHOULD BE CAREFUL WHEN ACCUSING UK for starters that’s the country that is willing to help and remember they have the grandmaster key to unlock the door to international acceptance.

    1. don’t be ridiculous, they have betrayed all Zimbos, black and white time and time again, they are meddling and cowtowing to these zanupf murderers..where’s the dignity in that , they helped Mugabe from day one and bear zero responsibility for his demonic party, they have supported exiled zanupf cadres in London but not the opposition, Ngwenya just wants their money and he will play them for the fools that they are

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