Harare West member of Parliament Jessie Majome has written to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba pointing out a number of anomalies in her constituency’s voters’ roll. Majome wishes to engage Chigumba so that she demonstrates where the 2622 people actually live so they do not vote if they do not reside at real Harare West addresses.
Majome who is running as an independent candidate states that there are 2622 people who live at non existent addresses on voters’ roll while 4538 people live at addresses where more than 6 people live with 33 people residing at one non existent address. She also highlights that some Harare West voters have been assigned a different constituency.
In a letter dated 27 July, Majome also urges Chigumba to remove a ZANU PF election billboard inside Marlborough Police Station, which Police Commissioner Matanga made an undertaking to remove it on 18 July 2018. Below is Majome’s full letter:
I am concerned with the glaring anomalies I state below on the voters’ roll which stand in the way of a free and fair election on 30 July 2018.
a. 2622 people on the roll reside at non existent addresses e.g. Nos. 1 Mabelreign Harare
b. 4538 people live at addresses where more than 6 people live. 33 people are said to reside at 10 Mabelreign which is an non existent address
c. The sloppy capturing of addresses, roads and suburbs which has disenfranchised Harare West voters who have been assigned a different constituency e.g. Warren Park constituency.
2. The shifting of the following traditional polling stations which will cause confusion among voters:
- Masaisai Primary School – voters moved to Acacia open space
- Cornelius Hope School – voters moved to Marere farm house open space
- Broken Arrow Shopping Centre – voters moved to Marlborough District Office
3. The unconstitutional placing of a ZANU PF election billboard inside Marlborough Police Station, yet Police Commissioner Matanga made an undertaking to remove it on 18 July 2018. In fact there is now new ZANU PF elections billboard which was erected after.
I wish to engage you on the above issues in person and seek audience before the 30 July election and request as a matter of urgency that you:
1. Demonstrate to me where the 2622 people actually live so they do not vote if they do not reside at real Harare West addresses
2. Demonstrate to me the voter education and information means that you will employ to ensure that voters know the exact directions,streets, sites of their polling stations in the affected areas
3. Ensure that the ZANU PF billboard inside Marlborough Police Station is removed