By Staff Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has all but backed opposition claims that the biometric voters roll to be used in this month’s election’ is already in shambles with double registrations as well as dead people still appearing on it.
According to ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba, the current register of voters has over 92,000 “ghosts” still appearing despite an internal “clean-up” exercise using a special software.
“The commission gazetted the new voters roll as envisaged by the electoral law on the 29th of May 2018,” said Chigumba.
“This meant that the country now had a voters’ roll from which continuous voter registration could be made.
“The total registered voter population as at 1 June 2018 which will be on the final voters’ rolls following the deduplication, adjudication processes, edits and corrections done to date is 5 695 706.
“This total excludes about 92 745 registrants who will be on the exclusion list for various reasons.”
The ZEC boss said the voters’ roll’s exclusion list has some 11,767 people with invalid national identity card numbers, 510 registrants sharing the same identity numbers and but with different details who are still to be confirmed by the Registrar General’s office.
“Some 1,157 are sharing the same identity numbers and details but are two different people who are still to be confirmed by the Registrar General for the true holders. 25 were confirmed to be not on the civil registry and 8146 are deceased.”
Chigumba also revealed that the voters’ roll still has some 39,892 duplicate registrations “arising from transfers and 31,248 duplicates arising from double registrations.”
The issue of the voters’ roll remains a contentious with political parties, especially from the opposition demanding one with biometrics but ZEC has rejected the demanded.
The situation has been complicated after Zanu PF seemed to have been granted access to ZEC’s database which allowed the ruling party to send customised campaign messages to citizens specific to their constituencies.
ZEC HAS denied it has allowed President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his party access to its database and Chigumba reacted angrily to questions on this issue on Friday.
“I have answered this question and I will answer it again,” she retorted.
“We have not, and I repeat we have not given any political party access to our database. The party in question has gone on record indicating it did not get the list it is using from us.
“In fact, we have been vilified for denying parties access to a voters roll that has biometric information of citizens.”