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ZEC says not its duty to solve your beef with abusive ZRP cops

13/10/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
 
 
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THE Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC)’s mandate is to conduct elections not to solve problems between citizens and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), Commissioner Qhubani Moyo said.

Moyo said police details that are stationed at various Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) centres across the country are there to protect the kits where citizens’ details are being kept before they are transferred to the Head Office.

ZEC recently launched phase two of the voter registration exercise in the country’s 63 district centres after receiving the last phase of BVR kits.

Responding to the issue of some citizens who are reluctant to register because of the presence of ZRP officers who are normally milling around the BVR centres, Moyo said he was shocked to hear that voters feel intimidated by the police.

“I don’t know why you feel intimidated by the police when you to get to a station. That’s not a problem that ZEC can solve for you citizens,” Moyo further said.

He added, “We want voters’ names to be recorded taken to the server and then to the head office, and clearly not to be intimidated.”

“You want someone to come and snatch the BVR machine and run away with it and you want people to come back and say, you ZEC you failed to protect the machine with our details?” said Moyo during the policy dialogue at SAPES Trust Thursday evening.

“This is why at every registration centre there are several police details.”

He added, “It’s not our problem that you have problems with the police; we are using the police not to intimidate people but to make sure that we safe guard the kits for the interest of the citizens.”

On poor direction to registration places such as to Mbare BVR centre, Moyo said those who are not familiar with Mbare high density suburb, who stay in the affluent suburbs, should wait until their stations are opened close to their door steps.  

Moyo is former opposition MDC political party senior official who was appointed to ZEC in June 2015 by President Robert Mugabe.

ZEC chairperson Rita Makarau last year said ZRP has the appropriate training and the requisite policing skills and it has acquitted itself fairly well in policing previous elections and by-elections to date, notwithstanding what ZRP detractors say.



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