ZEC Says Independent Observers Will Not Be Allowed To Access Servers For 2018 Elections
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has vowed to hold the 2018 Elections in a free, fair and transparent manner. The electoral body also urged the electorate to have full confidence in it as it wants to hold a non-contentious election. ZEC also said that independent observers will not be allowed to have access to the data servers holding the information collected from the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) process.
ZEC Acting Chairperson, Commissioner Emmanuel Magade, told journalists:
We are confident that come election time, we will have a good product that will be less controversial and will make everyone happy.
What people, however, need to do, is to trust us with the BVR servers and their information as we have proven, thus far, to be a credible organisation. We are impartial and objective.
We can not allow everyone to have access to the servers as this will again haunt us in the process. If something happens, we will be held accountable so it is safe that the servers be kept at our offices and we will allow a few stakeholders to have access to the servers.