‘No Pictures On Voters Roll’ – High Court Delivers Ruling
THE High Court has ruled that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) will not issue a voters’ roll with photographs to political parties or any member of public, and the electoral body cannot be compelled to do otherwise.
The ruling follows a petition by a registered voter Ms Ethel Tsitsi Mpezeni, seeking an interdict against ZEC from granting demands by MDC-Alliance for the electoral body to release a voters’ roll bearing prospective voters’ pictures.
Justice Zhou ruled that Ms Mpezeni’s fears were properly founded to warrant the court to grant the relief she sought.
“There is no reason why publication of the photograph should be allowed to people without a legitimate reason to have it,” he said.
Granting of the interdict does not irreparably prejudice the respondents.”
This ruling comes as a heavy blow to opposition parties who argued that pictures would help prevent electoral fraud because a photograph is an important instrument to authenticate the accuracy of the voters’ list, to check impersonation and to detect and prevent multiple registration and curb presence of ghost voters.
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