By Tichaona Sibanda
29 November 2012
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has told Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai there are 5.4 million registered voters on the country’s voters roll.
The Premier was told this in Harare on Thursday where he had convened a meeting attended by ZEC Commissioners, the top hierarchy of the ZEC secretariat and the Ministers of Justice and Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, Patrick Chinamasa and Eric Matinenga.
Senator Obert Gutu, who also attended the meeting, said ZEC reiterated to Tsvangirai that they will need at least US$220 million to run the referendum and harmonised elections in 2013.
During the meeting ZEC admitted that names of thousands of deceased citizens remained on the roll and that they might not be able to clean it up ahead of elections next year.
Recently ZEC deputy chairperson Joyce Kazembe blamed the poor state of the voters’ roll on lack of appropriate technology to automatically remove the deceased.
Over the years there have been accusations that Tobaiwa Mudede, the Registrar General, has used the discredited voters roll to manipulate and fix election results in favour of ZANU PF’s Robert Mugabe.