ZEC to remove 32 000 deceased persons from voters’ roll

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Harare (New Ziana) -At least 32 010 names of deceased people will be struck off the voters’ roll as part of moves by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to prepare for the 2013 harmonised elections, a senior official said on Thursday.

ZEC chief elections officer Utoile Silaigwana said the names of the deceased registered voters would be removed from the roll unless a notice of appeal was made.

The persons died during the period 12 December 2017 and 31 January 2022.

“It is hereby notified, in terms of section 33(4) read with section 27(1) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13], that voter registration officers have reason to believe that the persons whose names are listed in the First Schedule, and who were registered as voters for the constituencies, wards and polling stations listed therein have died.

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

“By means of this notice, notification is made to any voter on the First Schedule who may be alive to lodge an objection, at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Mahachi Quantum, 1, Nelson Mandela Avenue, corner Kaguvi Street and Jason Moyo Avenue, Harare, and at the respective Commission Provincial Offices, to the inclusion of his or her name in the First Schedule using the form prescribed in the Second Schedule no later than seven days from the date of publication of this notice,” he added.

ZEC has in the past been accused of failing to maintain a credible voters roll, with names of deceased persons being cited as an example of its shortcomings.

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