Chigumba insists there are no ghost voters on the Zimbabwe 2018 roll – the 115 446 Moyos are real


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“The commission and stakeholders were in agreement that the 2013 voters’ roll had become defunct because it was not constantly updated to cater for changes in the demography of voters.

“The commission therefore finds it very strange for anyone to compare the 2013 and the 2018 voters’ rolls when it is well documented that stakeholders had unanimously agreed that the 2013 roll had become difficult to use for any credible election.

“What is even more shocking is the allegation that the commission copied dead voters from the 2013 voters’ roll. It is difficult to imagine how a dead person from the 2013 roll could have resurrected and showed up at a registration centre between September 2017 and June 2018 to have their photo and fingerprints recorded for the new voters’ roll.

“The Commission would be pleased to receive a list of these dead voters for further investigation. In the absence of receiving such a list we can only conclude that this is a false allegation.”

Chigumba also said it was fundamentally flawed to compare population age structures from the national census and the voters’ roll because when collecting data for the census it is not a legal requirement for respondents to produce registration documents such as IDs, birth certificates or certificates of marriage. Valid documents are, however, required for one to register as a voter.

On allegations that the ZEC had stuffed the voters’ roll with ghost voters because some people had the same name, surname and date of birth, Chigumba said an analysis of the voters’ roll of people with similar surnames showed that 115 446 voters have a Moyo surname, 98 744 are Ncube, 92 581 are Sibanda, 76 409 are Ndlovu but a further16 387 are Ndhlovu.

These were all checked out and cannot therefore be disenfranchised.

See Chigumba’s full statement below

PRESS STATEMENT- The State of the Voters Roll

 

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