Voters’ roll watch

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has still not made public the electronic voters’ roll as demanded by political parties and private citizens for more than a year. While political parties managed to get a few copies of the hardy copy during last year’s general elections and some by-elections earlier this year, they were considered too expensive and access to the roll was therefore limited.

ZEC did not respond to a High Court application by a lawyer and private citizen, Justice Alfred Mavedzenge, who sought to force the commission to make the electronic voters’ roll public. The 10 day grace period expired on Wednesday, June 4, after which a default judgement would be made.

However, the High Court is yet to avail the default judgement. Section 239 of the new constitution provides that ZEC be responsible for voter registration and the compilation of the roll.

However, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, during a recent workshop, said it was not clear if the commission would have to start afresh and compile a completely new one or depend on the old roll to which changes would be made.

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