Zec’s Voters’ Roll Has At Least 250 000 “Ghosts”

 

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is reported to have included over 250 000 ghost voters on the voters’ roll which it released. This has been alleged by BVR, electoral administration, human rights and data science experts who talked to NewsDay. The experts who spoke to NewsDay said,

One of the key concerns that have emerged is the existence of both double registrants and the high possibility of ghost voters in the roll. Both scenarios were, ordinarily, not expected given that the Electoral Commission used the most sophisticated BVR system to capture voters data. At the time of writing, the number of red-flagged entries basing on all techniques used stood at 250 000…The above scenario is a serious threat to (the) electoral process because the elections shall be polling-station based, and any person registered on two different polling stations will be able to vote twice.


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However, Zec chairperson Priscilla Chigumba dismissed the allegations as fiction saying that the number of anomalies which was recorded was less than 1000. Said Chigumba,

The number of people who have been placed on the exclusion list is a couple of hundreds, it’s 800 or 900, I can’t exactly say from the top of my head, without being accused of being dishonest next week. There are some people who have similar names.

More: NewsDay

Zimbabwe Electoral CommissionPriscilla Chigumba

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

Justice Priscilla Chigumba is a judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe and the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Justice Chigumba succeded Justice Rita Makarau as the chairperson of ZEC. Chigumba was appointed the chairperson of ZEC on 31 January 2018. Read More About Priscilla Chigumba

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Zec’s Voters’ Roll Has At Least 250 000 “Ghosts”