The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it has fully taken over the country’s controversial voters’ roll.
ZEC chairperson, Rita Makarau told VOA Studio 7 they believe that there are no faults in the voters roll though this is being disputed by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network and other non-governmental organizations.
“We are fully in charge of the voters’ roll. We have been since the by-elections started soon after the general elections of 2013. The voters’ roll is ours and any faults in it are ZEC’s faults but we don’t believe there are any faults in the voters’ roll,” said Makarau.
She said ZEC has been asking Zimbabweans to inspect the voters’ roll before parliamentary by-elections.
Makarau noted that ZEC does not know exactly what ZESN want them to do to improve the voters’ roll. “They are a key stakeholder and we are always engaging key stakeholders to tell us what to improve.”
Several by-elections have been held in the country following the 2013 elections, whose results have been disputed by the Movement for Democratic Change formation led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who claims that they favoured President Robert Mugabe’s party.
Mr. Mugabe and his party have over the years dismissed these claims saying they were being made by sore losers.
Contesting parties have complained that the voters’ roll has a lot of names of dead Zimbabweans.
But Solomon Makaza of Transform Zimbabwe told VOA Studio 7 they have no complaints against ZEC,