Fresh doubts over fair Zimbabwe polls

Zimbabwe pollsFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – CIVIL society organisations doubt Zimbabwe will hold credible elections next year after electoral authorities conceded the voters’ roll was not ready.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, (ZEC) long accused of rigging the poll in President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party, failed to provide the roll as requested by rights organisations advocating for a free and fair poll in 2018.
The Concerned Citizens Support Network of Zimbabwe (CCSNZ) had requested access to the voters’ roll for clarification of the biometric voter registration ahead of the poll.
However, ZEC chairperson Rita Makarau, an alleged Mugabe crony, said the electoral body had no copy of the voter’s roll used in the 2013 poll when her organisation was accused of rigging in favour of the incumbent.
CCSNZ called for protests against the electoral body.
“If ZEC is, therefore, not competent to meet its agreed demands, timelines and meets its commitments to stakeholders, then we believe this opens up a possibility of a class action to demand that Zec be disbanded, as their incompetency will have been proven and ruled on by the courts.”
The civil rights group is also concerned about requirements by ZEC that prospective voters must provide proof of residence for registration to vote.
“ZEC must remove strict requirements on residence requirement, begin the implementation of BVR as soon as is possible and ensure sufficient time is given to every Zimbabwean who is eligible to vote to register,” CCSNZ demanded.
Mugabe is facing his sternest threat to stranglehold on power since independence in 1980.
A majority enduring economic hardships and a united opposition is projected to deal Mugabe a blow but critics allege the vote will be rigged in his favour. Speaking in Johannesburg last week, Mugabe’s deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa said the polls would be credible.
CAJ News

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