Voters’ roll watch

via Voters’ roll watch | The Zimbabwean 25 June 2014

Justice Mavedzenge, who filed an application at the High Court to have the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission publicly avail the electronic version of the voters’ roll, was still preparing his heads of argument at the time of going to print.

A trial date will then be set after which there will be a full hearing of the matter, where several prominent lawyers are expected to fight from the applicant’s corner.

ZEC says it is not in a position to avail the roll because its machines are broken down. It has also claimed that it is working on a fresh voters’ register but has not clarified if it would completely abandon the old roll.

However, it seems it might start from afresh following statements by the Registrar General of Voters, Tobaiwa Mudede, who earlier this year told Parliament that he had nothing to hand over to ZEC.

““There is nothing to handover, other than the function of registering voters,” said Mudede while responding to a question by an MP in Parliament. He added: “We have been in discussions with ZEC over the issue, but I would want to say here that in terms of the new Constitution, the RG is no longer the authority in terms of voter registration. I was the authority up to the general elections last year, but after that, the electoral commission is now the authority.”

Makarau supported his position.

“He (Mudede) was right because legally, we cannot force him to give us anything, except the function that was given to us by the Constitution. It is now up to us to see what we can do to operationalise the function.”


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    Mukanya 9 years ago

    Makarau and Mudede are of the same political totem.

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    This woman sounds prototypical to his predecessor.How do you takeover from an outgoing administration with a total blackout of crucial documents for continuity and correspondence.Its impossible!!unless it’s not good for somebody if it goes out in the ether.Other than palaver from those who want it in the public domain,why secretive about a simply list of the people Mr RG?

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    Chaka 9 years ago

    People like Makarau are a liability to Zimbos. She can talk the way she likes, clear demonstrating total unaccountability

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    jobolinko 9 years ago

    makarau is not fit for purpose and so is mudede

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    Tsuro 9 years ago

    Ms Makarau you are still young. Madhara which you are going into bed with and short circuiting the nation will soon be gone, and……..God knows what awaits in the future.

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    Mlimo 9 years ago

    There is no voters roll it is the zanupf membership list. That’s why Mugabe won the last five elections. Normal people are excluded from the roll to prevent us from voting. If they published the roll the fraud will become apparent which is why this mambo jumbo is going on.

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    kutongwa nonjazi 9 years ago

    We are still a long way from democracy accountability and justice.