Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Voters roll out by April: ZEC

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Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter 
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) expects the provisional voters’ roll to be out by early April and is cleaning up the data collected during the registration blitz to weed out double registrants and ensuring the correct allocation of polling stations to prospective voters.
This was said by ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba during a stakeholders meeting with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and organisations that had petitioned Parliament on concerns over electoral issues.
ZEC conducted a registration blitz between August and February this year and registered over 5,3 million people under the Biometric Voter Registration.
“At the moment, we are in the process of ensuring that everyone has been allocated the correct polling station and that everybody’s names are spelt correctly,” said Justice Chigumba.
“Once that has been done and after cleaning up of the data, we need to do what is called de-duplication, which is using fingerprints to weed out double registrants.
“Now, the credibility of this voters’ roll is going to hinge on the authenticity of that process.”
Justice Chigumba said they would not rush the process to ensure that they produced a credible voters’ roll.
“We will not hurry that process because we need to produce a credible voters’ roll,” she said.
“We need to clean up the data, we need to weed out double registrants and that process takes time, so will not be getting those statistics within the next two weeks, but maybe within a month or six weeks we will have finished the processes.”
Justice Chigumba said the majority of people registered during the BVR blitz were young.
“According to our preliminary statistics after the BVR registration blitz, about 60 percent of our registered voters are aged between 18 to 40,” she said