Violet Gonda: Many election experts question whether Zimbabwe’s voters roll is accurate or whether it has been manipulated. For years, the opposition and some election observers have said the voters roll was vastly inaccurate with millions of ghost voters. In the 2013 election, the roll was not available, and since then the Zimbabwe electoral commission or ZEC continues to refuse access to the electronic voters’ roll used in 2013. Now the electoral commission says it will start a new polling station based voter registration exercise using biometrics. However, skeptics are not convinced this will make any difference. Will this give us a clean voters’ roll? Do people know how this will work? Who stands to gain the most from this process and is it true that the manipulation of elections depends on who is given this contract to supply the BVR kits and who controls the rural areas? To help us understand this latest electoral reform process, on the Hot Seat programme is Derek Matyszak - a leading analyst on the mechanics of Zimbabwe’s elections. Welcome on the program Derek.
Derek Matyszak: Hi Violet