Zec urged to introduce biometric voting

via Zec urged to introduce biometric voting – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 14, 2015

THE Election Resource Centre (ERC) has called on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to introduce the biometric voting system as a way of bringing efficiency and transparency in its administration of elections.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

In a report released last Thursday titled By-elections: A Microcosm of the Macrocosm, the electoral watchdog raised concern over the conduct of some political parties and traditional leaders as well as vote-buying and intimidation of citizens in council and parliamentary by-elections held early this year.

The ERC also called for the immediate realignment of the Electoral Act with the new Constitution.

“The introduction of a biometric voters’ roll that is supported by the collection of biometric data and the electronic capturing, processing, storing and publishing of the voters’ roll (is needed),” the ERC said.

“The early invitation of observers to observe the voter-registration process and allowing such observation to include access to the data capturing, data entry and data processing (is recommended).”

ERC called on Zec to partner with civic society organisations in mobilising communities to register to vote and inspect the voters’ roll.

The elections watchdog also called for the timely publication of the voters’ roll for inspection after the closure of the registration process, electronically and in identified and accessible locations in communities.

ERC acknowledged that administratively, elections in Zimbabwe had improved, but no progress had been recorded in the election environment and legislative framework as compared to international and local observer recommendations.

“Comparison of the election processes of 31 July 2015, 27 March 2015 and 10 June 2015 is intended to continuously monitor and track progress on three fundamental levels, administrative, environment and legislative framework,” ERC said.

“In doing so, the ERC maintains that little has changed from the recommendations of international and local observers in 2013 to date.

“However, administratively, there has been progress and this is commendable.

“The environment and the legal framework still remain largely unimproved.

“The ERC implores upon Zec, the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and Parliament to work on improving lacking parts towards free, fair and credible elections,” the report read.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 5
  • comment-avatar
    Yayano 6 years ago

    There is no way that ZEC can introduce things that will disadvantage Zanu PF. The more chaos the better for Zanu’s rigging machinations.

  • comment-avatar
    Tjingababili 6 years ago

    As long as zanupf says yes. The big riggers with triggers and jiggers!

  • comment-avatar
    Fundani Moyo 6 years ago

    Zimbabwe needs a fresh start particularly while transitioning to a new Constitution. Moving toward the 2018 elections, we need an Independent Electoral Commission consisting of internationally recognized persons. Registration of voters should be started soon to enable the publication of a clean voters’roll. Also of great importance is voter education – a non-partisan voter-education. These are basic requirements that all political parties, civic organizations and the general public should be calling for.

    • comment-avatar
      Tinomunamataishe 6 years ago

      @Fundani Moyo, that’s exactly the point. We either have proper elections or no elections. I hate to think that people will start talking about 2023 elections soon after a chaotic 2018 elections and another long five years.

      All effort for now should be towards making sure the next elections in 2018 are credible and everyone who wants to register can register and once registered they can also get a chance to vote with no disfranchisement of any voters.

      The current elections are not reflective of the situation on the ground because of the manipulation that goes with them and that has to be stopped.

  • comment-avatar
    Jona Amedza Hove 6 years ago

    Chokwadi chaicho ndichocho chekuti we are still going the wrong direction with Zanu. We are so near yet so far because of deliberate misrule and cruelty by Zanu