MDC-T raises red flag over voters’ roll

MDC-T has raised alarm over the provisional biometric voters’ roll, demanding that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) should release the provisional roll in electronic analysable data so that they could track changes and other duplications ahead of polls.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Addressing journalists in the capital yesterday, MDC-T chairperson Morgen Komichi claimed Zec had denied them access to a copy of the provisional voters’ roll, citing flimsy excuses.

“Zec denied us the voters’ roll, insisting that people should do individual inspection, after we noticed some anomalies on it. These anomalies justify why we have been calling for an independent audit of the voters’ roll,” he said.

This came as independent electoral watchdog, Electoral Resource Centre (ERC) has filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court, demanding a copy of the voters’ roll from Zec.

ERC argued that Zec should release the copy in the spirit of promoting transparency and accountability in the management of electoral processes.

The MDC-T said in some cases Zec was sending correct voter registration particulars on text messages, but these did not tally with what was physically on the roll, raising suspicion.

“Reported incidences of details sent on cellphones from Zec not corresponding with the physical roll are worrisome, some names are entered correctly, but the gender is not correct, others have received messages confirming their registration centres, but upon physical inspection realise they have been posted to a different polling station or their names are missing completely on the roll,” he said.

Komichi singled out Zanu PF Harare East, legislator Terence Mukupe, as being involved in a ploy to transfer voters to his constituency.

“We have received reports where people are reregistering themselves, but in different wards and constituencies, a case in point is residents of ward 24 of Goromonzi South to ward 45 in Harare East, and the commissioner of oaths to these affidavits is none other than Terence Mukupe, whose recent statements that the army will not accept results other than a Zanu PF victory leave a lot to be desired,” he said.

Party secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora said the MDC-T might approach the courts to force Zec to release the voters’ roll so that the anomalies are addressed before the polls.

14 Comments

  1. mdct you were never on the forefront in galvanising people to register to vote and you are now quick to find holes in the whole process shame on you

  2. Eagle's eye & baboon's ears

    @ eliasha , the zanu pf mouth piece on this forum , it would be better to analyse the contents of the message than to analyse who is saying it , a red flag is a red flag and this one is a red flag , even your statements are a red flag that you may possibly be supporting the rigging of elections.

    1. Wezhira Wezhara

      @Eagle’s eye you are getting wrong. A red flag can never be a red flag regardless of whoever raised it. A flag raised by a player against a referee can never be significant my friend. ZEC is the referee and MDC’s Komichi is the number 8 in their team so zvasiyana. Names on the voter’s role can appear duplicate but in essence isu vamwe tine vana vakapiwa mazita edu so you will find two people with the same name but different IDs and ages. Tikwanireyi musaita sana Mujuru

  3. in one of the programs on ZTV the ZEC CHAIRPERSON madam Priscilla said over and above the sms platform people are encouraged to go and inspect physically. I also saw ZEC people coming at my home in BYO encouraging us to go and inspect physically, they actually mentioned the issue of gender and polling stations so to me baba Komichi your arguments are not valid.never did ZEC say after receiving your sms don’t go physically to inspect,ko vasina mobile fones vodii.

  4. The purpose of inspecting the voters roll is to make sure the details are correct and if not , corrections are done . This inspection is for individuals and not parties . Leave us the voters to check our registration details without disturbance from these parties who think the people belong to them .Only the registered voter can confirm details and not parties . MDC T , you waste time on issues that are of no value instead of campaigning . This actually shows that you do not understand politics business . Why do you seem to think that all mistakes are for your supporters ? The voters’ roll is going through a phase of inspection and correction and you are already shouting about mistakes . This is exactly why we need to inspect . People can transfer to any place and can use any certified commissioner of oaths Mukupe included . This is why even Zanu PF people can use Biti as their lawyer .

  5. @madamk you are wrong ZEC sms said if the information send to you is correct you need not visit to inspect but if its wrong one has to go and have it rectified, come on zanu fools

    1. i think let them inspect per polling station to ensure kuti vagorakashwa mushe ne zanu chiwororo. let them see it ….

  6. Wezhira Wezhara

    MDC ichashagadwa zvokubuda dzibwa mirai muvone. You have not run any election but you keep arguing.

  7. Dont worry guys change is inevitable everyone knows what changes does.zvavarikuda kuitira MDC, zanu zvichaitika kwavari muchanakirwa

  8. @wezhira.Dont worry guys- change is inevitable everyone knows what changes does.zvavarikuda kuitira MDC, zanu zvichaitika kwavari muchanakirwa zanu fools are thinking vanhu vakapusa tirikukuonayi zvedu this time hamuwine tajamuka

  9. @wezhira.Dont worry guys- change is inevitable everyone knows what changes does.zvavarikuda kuitira MDC, zanu zvichaitika kwavari muchanakirwa zanu fools are thinking vanhu vakapusa tirikukuonayi zvedu this time hamuwine tajamuka paroots

  10. cptn jimmy roger

    so what was the purpose of sending those sms? why is it a problem just to release a soft copy of the same roll? zec must be careful vachadyisa ED this time the zanu support base has shifted and no one can predict waunenge uchiti ndewako anogona aimbova wako asi ava weumwe. Even if you remove all mdc supporters from the roll and proceed to election with only known zanus, you will be shocked Chamisa aenda nenyika

    1. GO GO KOMICHI… Pamakabata ndipapo paZEC musasiye. Ndipo panonatsoita. Gore rino itamba tamba chidembo muswe takabata chaiyo. Nemvura mese.

  11. GO GO KOMICHI… Pamakabata ndipapo paZEC musasiye. Ndipo panonatsoita. Gore rino itamba tamba chidembo muswe takabata chaiyo. Nemvura mese.

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