Candidates Fear Last Minute Mass Disqualifications As ZEC Clings On To Voters’ Roll

While most aspiring candidates gear up for the upcoming July harmonized general elections, some political parties are worried that their candidates might be disqualified because of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)’s reluctance to avail the voters roll to the stakeholders.

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There is only a day left before the sitting of the nomination Court on Thursday, and candidates argue that the electoral body should give them the register so that candidates can verify the voting status of their nominators.

According to the electoral requirements, each aspiring candidate should have at least five nominators supporting their submission and these should be registered voters.

“We are worried that ZEC’s delay in availing the voters roll might lead to some of our candidates being disqualified at the nomination court. How can we verify that our nominators are registered voters when ZEC is insisting that it will only avail the roll after the sitting of the nomination court? To us, this does not make any sense at all,” said Zapu spokesperson, Ipithule Maphosa, in an interview.

The practice to avail the voters roll after the sitting of the nomination court is against the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections.

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