ZEC says voters roll for July 30 polls clean

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says the country’s new electoral roll is clean of fake names, duplicates or dead people registered to vote in harmonised elections on July 30.
The voters roll has long been a contentious feature of elections and is accused of being at the core of alleged vote rigging under then President Robert Mugabe, who resigned last November.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over from Mugabe, has vowed to break with the past, promising an election free of violence, intimidation and fraud.
ZEC took out a full-page advert in local newspapers to dismiss allegations that the new roll – compiled via biometric registration – was riddled with errors. ZEC is chaired by High Court Judge, Justice Priscilla Chigumba, whom the opposition says she must quit before the elections because she is allegedly sympathising with Mnangagwa.
ZEC said it had “checked all alleged ghosts and is satisfied that the voters who have the same names and dates of birth are unique individuals with unique photographs and fingerprints”.
“These are neither ghosts nor duplicates as alleged,” it added.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance has cited flaws in the roll among threats to the election’s credibility.
The party has vowed to stage a vigil at ZEC headquarters over issues including the voter roll, the ballot paper and alleged biased state media.
ZEC also denied that dead people could have been added to the roll.
“It is difficult to imagine how a dead person… could have resurrected and showed up at a registration centre between September 2017 and June 2018 to have their photo and fingerprints recorded,” Chigumba said in the statement.
Zimbabwe’s general election will be the first since the fall of Mugabe, who had ruled since independence from Britain in 1980. – Staff Reporter & AFP

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