Zec rubbishes Prof Moyo claims

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The pro­vi­sional vot­ers’ roll had been es­tab­lished fol­low­ing the BVR ex­er­cise that was car­ried out since Au­gust last year.

Prof Moyo made a num­ber of al­le­ga­tions that in­cluded use of Chi­nese mil­i­tary ex­perts to ma­nip­u­late the vot­ers’ roll and cre­ation of new polling sta­tions to ac­com­mo­date ghost vot­ers,

In the state­ment yes­ter­day, Zec de­nied that it had al­ready availed a phys­i­cal copy of the vot­ers’ roll to Zanu-PF.

“That is false and mis­chievous (that Zec has availed the vot­ers’ roll to Zanu PF),” said the elec­toral body.

“The vot­ers’ roll will be fur­nished to all po­lit­i­cal par­ties and can­di­dates once the com­mis­sion avails it in line with the pro­vi­sions of the (Elec­toral) Act.

“At the mo­ment, we are do­ing a sec­ond round of de-du­pli­ca­tion us­ing AFIS af­ter we had reg­is­trants dur­ing the in­spec­tion of the BVR, we ex­pect to be fin­ished very soon.”

The elec­tions man­age­ment body also de­nied that there were Chi­nese ex­perts that had been sec­onded to work with them.

“That is false, we do not have any Chi­nese na­tion­als work­ing with Zec in any ca­pac­ity,” said Zec. “The al­le­ga­tions are purely ma­li­cious.” Zec de­nied al­le­ga­tions that they were go­ing

to cre­ate new polling sta­tions and de­scribed the ac­cu­sa­tions also as ma­li­cious.

“These are purely ma­li­cious al­le­ga­tions and meant to cause alarm and de­spon­dency and are not even wor­thy to re­spond to,” said Zec.

“We have ex­plained that we are not set­ting up new polling sta­tions. We are cre­at­ing sub­polling sta­tions within the tra­di­tional polling sta­tions.”

The sub-polling sta­tions are meant to deal with ar­eas where the vot­ers’ thresh­old in a par­tic­u­lar polling area ex­ceeds the set limit.

Mean­while, Zec has also es­tab­lished 10 ac­cred­i­ta­tion cen­tres for ob­servers across the coun­try’s 10 prov­inces as part of mea­sures to de-cen­tralise the process.

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