Impossible to have clean voters roll by 2018 – Zesn

THE Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) has ruled out any chances of having a clean and universally acceptable voters’ roll by 2018 given what it termed “fatal omissions” in the Electoral Amendment Act.

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Zesn director Rindai Vava-Chipfunde told members of the Parliamentary Woman Caucus at an elections workshop in Kadoma over the weekend that the Act should have given the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission explicit rights to compile and manage the voters’ roll and take over that responsibility from the Register-General’s Office.

“Without a clear mandate to ZEC in the amendment, there is nothing much they can do to improve the voters roll from what it is now . . . Don’t expect a fair election without a clean voters’ roll because only a complete, accurate and current voters’ roll can bring about an acceptable election,” she said.

Speaking at the same event, ZEC commissioner Petty Makoni while admitting that it was difficult to have a perfect voters roll she said it was possible for the commission to have produced a clean polling station-based voters roll in the next elections.

“We are mandated by the constitution to prepare a voters roll and how we choose to do it becomes our business. But I can say we have been engaging with political parties and civil society and funding partners to ensure that come the next election we have an acceptable roll,” Makoni said.

She said the commission had also started working on production of a polling station-based voters roll as mandated by the constitution, adding that the document could be ready for use by 2018.

The voters roll was the major issue in the 2013 elections with MDC-T accusing the ruling party Zanu PF of using Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede and Israeli company NIKUV to tamper with the document to manipulate the election results.

Parliamentarians admitted that the Electoral Amendment Act was fraught with errors which will likely affect the outcome of 2018 elections. The legislators said they passed the Bill because they had been whipped to adopt it.

“The whipping system is bad for democracy and our parliament, we vote for bills and other issues in parliament along political lines and even if you don’t believe in the position you vote for it because if you don’t you will face censor from your party,” said Senator Rorana Muchiwa (MDC-T).

Another MDC-T legislator Evelyn Masaiti said most parliamentarians just passed Bills in Parliament out of ignorance.

“There is need for us to seek outside resources so that we can understand some of the bills we pass in parliament, because this bill was passed by people who really did not understand it,” Masaitisaid.

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13 Comments

  1. To say parliamentarians do pass bills that they do not even understand makes sad reading indeed.
    My foot.

  2. All opposition parties must boycott future elections if there s no clean voters roll and electoral reforms.

  3. why boycotting. solve the problem mhani. make everything in line starting frm nw. there is stil more time. help the do as u see fit

  4. Many thanks for the refreshing honesty..Why not forget about these funny elections and let those born to rule rule for keeps? How do you justify not having an electronic voters roll a year after the election and still have the courage to pretend everything is all hunky dory? The point to be made here is there is a group whose mind is made up, they will not leave office come rain or sunshine..in fact come death itself. Should we not be using the election money for something else like some joy ride into space or something..?

    1. @falcon, when you say “Why not forget about these funny elections and let those born to rule rule for keeps?”, you are talking about starting a dynasty like in N Korea.

  5. The mdcteaboy legislators are talking sense about this whipping system because if one goes against his/her party, he/she is expelled like what happened to Munyaradzi Gwisai. Resources required to start afresh are not available hence we have to do with what we have. As long as our systems are not computerized, voters’ roll will remain challenged because the registration and death must be synchronised

  6. hapachadi election apa 4th chimurenga ndiyo solution

  7. So whc means last election, dirty voters role was used and the elections were were clean and fair????

  8. Let’s just not have elections please, people die, gets beaten and all the ugly things that comes with it all for what ? We already know th results of the next election so why not spare the people all this dirty tricks..let’s be human for once please..tired of all this..

  9. I quote:- “ZEC commissioner Petty Makoni while admitting that it was difficult to have a perfect voters roll she said it was possible for the commission to have produced a clean polling station-based voters roll in the next elections”.
    i take it, it’s also quite expensive to re-do the voters’ roll

  10. @zim 40 its common knowledge that the draconian masters who a holding the remote controls to Mudede’s office will resist every +ve move clean the voters roll unless there s massive mass action about. Participating in flawed elections produces same uncredible results and ppl wl continue to suffer. So boycott wl stop such a sham process.

  11. This is all hogwash from a donor funded organisation wanting to be seen to be doing something.Where in the world would you find a so called clean voter’s roll? Obviously if you commend the voters roll you will lose your bread.

  12. Why dont you just allow us to use our national ids instead of the expensive voters roll?

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