Voters’ roll: Thumbs up for ZEC 

Voters’ roll: Thumbs up for ZEC 

Source: Voters’ roll: Thumbs up for ZEC | The Herald May 21, 2018

Voters’ roll: Thumbs up for ZECZimbabwe Election Commission officers attend to Mr Adriel Goronga (right) while Mr Andrew Mwoyowayo (second right) and Mr Tichaona Mazoza look on at a provisional voters’ roll inspection centre at St Peter’s Kubatana High School in Highfield, Harare, yesterday. — Picture by Kudakwashe Hunda

Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Reporter
Registered voters have started making a beeline to various Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC)’s inspection centres dotted across the country to check for anomalies on their voting records with those seeking to register being referred to their ward centres.

Many have also embraced the electronic systems — mobile and online — of checking their voting status, a development that could have eroded long queues at inspection centres.

Although a few logistical challenges characterised the first-day of the voters’ roll inspection as well as registration, the process kicked off according to plan in most centres with most of the challenges having been addressed as inspection progressed into day two.

A snap survey by The Herald at some of the centres in Harare showed that most of the glitches that characterised the first day had been addressed.

“My second name, which appeared on both my national identity and my voting slip are omitted. After picking the anomaly yesterday (Saturday), they advised me that I should return today (Sunday) because they did not have the stationery to capture the correct details,” said Mr Andrew Mwoyowayo of Glen Norah C.

ZEC officials at St Peter’s Kubatana inspection centre, where Mr Mwoyowayo is registered, confirmed that they now have the stationery and were going to attend to the anomaly immediately.

Some inspection centres such as Harare High and Vainona Primary schools started inspection of the voters’ roll later than the scheduled 7:00am on day one due to delays in receiving material.

Mobile phones
“We received the voters’ roll a bit late such that a few of those who came in for inspection yesterday (Saturday), went back without checking their names, but we started seeing a huge turnout after mid-morning and by then we had the voters’ roll,” said another ZEC official from Harare High School inspection centre, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing protocol reasons.

The Herald also witnessed inspection progressing smoothly at some centres in Glen View, Highfield and Southerton with those interviewed describing the process as quick and efficient.

“The process is very efficient. There are no queues and in less than five minutes, the process would be complete,” said Ms Mavis Mandaza of Glen View 7, who had just confirmed that all her details were correct.

Those confirming using alternative e-systems also expressed satisfaction, describing the service as convenient and user-friendly.

Many have also received short messages on their mobile phones indicating registration details such as identity, polling station, and ward and informing them to visit their inspection centre if the details are not correct.

“Great innovation at ZEC, check your registration status online, by test *265#,” tweets UNDP country director Mr Georges van Montfort. ZEC has availed four options of inspecting the voters’ roll which are physically visiting the inspection centres, short message service, mobile checking by dialling *265# and following commands thereafter and using the link; on the Internet.

Inspection is running up to May 29 while registration for those who have not yet registered to vote will be running concurrently.

President Mnangagwa has since announced that election dates will be announced in the next two weeks.


  • comment-avatar
    Ndonga 4 years ago

    Why do I think that when the Herald gives the ZEC a thumbs up I automatically think its a con…

    Perhaps its because that they have as yet not persuaded me that they are are not the same Herald of those many, many sad and difficult years under our previous ZANU PF governments.

    They still have a long and hard road to travel to convince me…

    The Herald, please set out on that long and hard road please…