Zec moves to curb vot­ing flaws

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

THE Zimbabwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (Zec) has moved a gear up to­wards plug­ging elec­toral flaws such as dou­ble vot­ing by em­bark­ing on a national map­ping ex­er­cise that is end­ing on Novem­ber 30.

Zec chair­per­son Jus­tice Rita Maka­rau yes­ter­day con­firmed that the process was al­ready un­der­way. “Yes, the process is un­der­way and it is end­ing on Novem­ber 30,” she said.

“The process is about giv­ing peo­ple spe­cific polling sta­tions. It is polling sta­tion spe­cific voter reg­is­tra­tion.”

The ex­er­cise is part of the re­forms that Zec wants to in­tro­duce as the coun­try pre­pares for the 2018 gen­eral elec­tions.

With the new sys­tem, vot­ers cast their bal­lots at a spe­cific polling sta­tion where their name ap­pears on the roll.

This is a de­par­ture from the cur­rent sys­tem where vot­ers are free to cast their votes at any polling sta­tion within their wards.

Early this month, Zec shot down a pro­posal by po­lit­i­cal par­ties that were push­ing to be in­volve­ment in the map­ping ex­er­cise.

At a meet­ing at Zec of­fices, Jus­tice Makaru told the po­lit­i­cal par­ties they had no con­sti­tu­tional man­date to be in­volved in the map­ping ex­er­cise. “They have been de­mand­ing but as Zec, we are quite clear that oper­a­tions are our main do­main,” she said.

“We ex­e­cute our oper­a­tions in­de­pen­dently of any po­lit­i­cal party or any other State agency. Yes, they may come and look over our shoul­ders as we are work­ing in some par­tic­u­lar ar­eas but when it comes to mak­ing de­ci­sions and de­sign­ing pro­grammes, Zec is go­ing to do so in­de­pen­dently with­out in­ter­fer­ence from any­one.”

She added: “When we en­gage you (po­lit­i­cal par­ties), it is out of good­will other­wise where we have a con­sti­tu­tional man­date, we will sim­ply say take it or leave it. You do not have the man­date to de­mar­cate and the mo­ment you do that, we lose our in­de­pen­dence and we will be breach­ing the law.”

Jus­tice Maka­rau said Zec would con­tinue en­gag­ing the po­lit­i­cal par­ties to­gether with faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tions and the civic so­ci­ety for them to have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the work be­ing done by the elec­toral body.

“From the en­gage­ment we have had with them, you can see that most of them do not un­der­stand what this (map­ping ex­er­cise) en­tails and we doubt they will be able to pass on the cor­rect in­for­ma­tion to their mem­bers,” she said.

Jus­tice Rita Maka­rau

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