Report by Vannesa Mhizha
THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission(Zec) voters’ roll figures released on Tuesday have already torched storm amid reports that the elections managing board cannot account for over 26 000 people from its 2018 database.
On Tuesday ZEC said it now has 5 647 000 registered voters whilst the 2018 official voters roll had 5 695 706 registered voters.
ZEC also stated that it deregistered 22 000 dead people from the voters roll meaning from the 2018 registered voters ZEC should have 5 673 706 people before adding the 2971 people registered in 2021 so that the actual figure should be 5 673 708.
If ZEC says it now has 5 647 000 then it means over 26 000 people cannot be accounted for. The question to ask should be “where are 26 000 names which should be in the voters roll?”
ZEC has always attracted controversy when it comes to the holding of credible elections in Zimbabwe.
The board has always been under spotlight by both local and international election observers, hence it has to clear the air on allegations of electoral fraud ahead of the 2023 plebscite.
In the 2018 election the electoral managing board issued three sets of different presidential results such that up to now Zimbabweans do not know the actual winner of the presidential election.