EU offers fund to audit Zim’s first biometric voters’ roll

THE European Union (EU) has offered to provide funding for an audit of Zimbabwe’s first biometric voters’ roll ahead of this year’s general elections, as part of measures to promote transparency and public confidence after opposition parties raised a red flag over the conduct of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec).
EU ambassador to Zimbabwe, Philippe Van Damme announced the decision on Twitter yesterday.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

“We indeed plan to fund an external audit of the final voters’ roll as a confidence building measure,” he said in a tweet tagging Zec and independent electoral watchdog, Zimbabwe Elections Support Network.

British deputy ambassador to Zimbabwe, Simon Thomas, also gave the thumbs up to the proposed audit, saying: “An extremely important step, and one that the UK is very pleased to be associated with.”

MDC-T secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora welcomed the development, saying it would help flush out ghost voters ahead of the polls.

Zec chairperson, Priscilla Chigumba (pictured) declined to comment on the matter.

“I am not at liberty to comment on statements made by the EU ambassador, so I will not say anything on that,” she said.

Chigumba, however, said the final voters’ roll would be completed two days after the nomination court’s seating, with the registration exercise set to be closed on the day President Emmerson Mnangagwa proclaims the election dates.

The final voters’ roll, according to Chigumba, will then be provided electronically to political parties for free, while the printed version would have a fee.

11 Comments

  1. Good E.U

  2. Surprising… How come justice Chigumba now can’t comment when all along she was saying there is no funding for the audit? is the ZEC boss up to something? Honestly, if there is nothing to hide in all this, Zec boss should jump at the offer by the EU and allow the audit for transparency sake. Mohwanda nei zvino mari mapiwa, hope you won’t talk of time constraints next?

  3. they is always something to hide with these people.it is now a common secret noone in Zimbabwe wants zanu a day longer in power except for those benefiting from its corrupt activities.

  4. Comment…funding the process doesnt mean the election will be free and transparent. EU have to take the whole process of the election in conjuction with zec and other politicak parties. Not this funding manthra. It’s nonsensr

  5. Unbalanced equation

    The chickens are coming home to roost.

  6. Unbalanced equation

    mfequane

  7. At least one important step will be funded and transparency will have increased significantly if ZEC agrees to it

  8. Surely elections are not going to be free and fair. Guess what ZEC will complain of time when the audit is to be done. Unfortunately the song of Mnangagwa will not be heard in the international community because of his failure to put to practical measures for free and fair elections. Zanu PF are greedy and Selfish

  9. UN and other organizations must sponsor these elections as was done during 1980 elections because ED Mnangagwa and his zanu pf soldiers are saying that they are now trading in a new dispensation that does not tie up with Mugabe’s reign. so everything must be new and be accountable.

  10. Comment…Zanu cannot make it on a free n fair, Never. Ana mkupe vatotanga

  11. Let the Europeans start by introducing biometric voters rolls in their backyard. These meddlers!

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