Zimbabwean electoral body to remove over 22,000 people from electoral roll

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced Tuesday that it will remove a total of 22,656 people from the electoral roll on the presumption that they are now dead.

The onus is on the affected people to prove that they are still alive by lodging appeals with the electoral body.

A notice published by ZEC chief elections officer Utoile Silaigwana said affected people had seven days to appeal the decision or their names would be removed from the roll.

He said voter registration officers had reason to believe that the people whose names were listed in the notice had died.

“The names of those persons will be removed from the voters roll unless notice of appeal is given to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission,” he said.

He urged the affected people to lodge objections at ZEC’s head office in Harare, or at its provincial offices throughout the country within one week.
The people were registered as deceased between Sept. 1, 2017 and Sept. 26, 2019.

Opposition parties have in the past accused ZEC of maintaining voters’ rolls that contained names of dead people, alleging that the ruling ZANU-PF party took advantage of the situation to inflate votes. Enditem

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