Zimbabwe – Opposition Sounds Warning Over Voters’ Roll
Following the announcement of an election date of July 30th by President Mnangagwa on Wednesday this week, the opposition MDC is once again sounding warnings over the integrity of the voters roll.
While the upcoming polls will see international observers resume monitoring of the polls, concerns remain regarding the voters roll, with the opposition MDC requesting access to the full roll and confirmation of the company that will print and supply the ballot papers.
ZEC have stated that the roll will be made available to successful candidates in advance of the sitting of the nomination courts. Regarding the supply and printing of voting materials, ZEC Chair Prisicilla Chigumba has stated that a regional company has been contracted, without specifying the firm.
The opposition MDC has previously also challenged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to engage an independent firm to audit the final roll, following concerns raised by the group's former leader Morgan Tsvangarai.
Among the concerns that have been raised is that of ‘suspicious centenarians’, which could indicate deceased voters have not be removed creating scope for manipulation.
Voter registration for the 2018 vote officially ends today, June 1. The most recent figures from ZEC put the total number of registered voters at around 5.4 million registered voters, with 100,000 new registrations and 11,018 exclusions on grounds such as death (5,326), multiple registrations (3,077) and incorrect ID numbers (2,615).