The Zimbabwe Electoral Support (ZESN) Network has questioned the voter’s roll which was used by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission in the Chiwundura by-election. ZESN noted a number of anomalies on the voter’s roll which include duplicate names. Here are some  of the watchdog’s recommendations to ZESN:

  1.  ZEC should speed up the biometric voter registration (BVR) process so that it comes up with a clean, comprehensive and new voters’ roll. In view of the impending 2018 harmonised elections, the biometric based voters’ roll will enable ZEC to de-duplicate as this is one of the strongest advantages of the BVR.
  2.  In view of the unearthed anomalies of double registrants, ZEC should discard the continued use of the 2013 voters’ roll as it compromises the credibility of elections.
  3.  ZESN calls upon ZEC to publicly issue a statement on the reported anomalies with regards to duplicates, and invalid IDs to instil public confidence in the electoral processes, particularly the voter registration.
  4. There is also need for the Registrar General to investigate irregularities relating to the appearance of persons with the same name and surname, date and place of birth but with different identification numbers and photos on their national identification documents as well as the invalid identity numbers and to rectify these issues, as they are the institution in charge of issuing the national identification documents.
  5. Deliberate efforts should be directed towards targeted voter education for the youths in order to increase their participation in electoral processes.
  6. There is need for ZEC to ensure that there are comprehensive voter education programmes that are aimed at increase citizen participation in electoral processes, in particular voter turnout.
  7. ZEC should avail demographic data it collects during polling to stakeholders so that targeted voter education programmes are designed.
  8.  ZEC should adopt an open data policy to enhance trust and confidence in electoral processes.
  9.  To improve transparency ZEC should produce a single voters’ roll which adheres to principles of voter registration.

Brown Ndlovu of Zanu-PF won the by-election to replace the late Kizito Chivamba who died in April after a short illness.  Ndlovu won the poll with 9 426 of the 10 134 votes which were cast.

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Zimbabwe Election Support Network It is a coalition of more than 30 non-governmental organisations formed in 2000 to co-ordinate activities pertaining to elections in Zimbabwe. The major focus of the Network is to promote democratic processes in general and free and fair elections in particular. ZESN has observed every election and by-election in Zimbabwe since the 2000 Parliamentary Elections. ZESN conducts its observation efforts in conformity with the Declaration of Global Principles for Citizen Election Observation and Monitoring which was launched at the United Nations on 03 April 2012 as well as the Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation in the SADC Region (PEMMO). Read More

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is an independent body which controls and or manages all election processes at all levels in Zimbabwe. Despite being registered as a non-partisan body, ZEC has been criticised for aligning itself with the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) since its formation. Read More

Kizito Chivamba was a Zimbabwan politician who hailed from the ZANU-PF party. He was elected into parliament in July 2013 to represent Chiwundura Constituency. Read More