The voters roll inspection and subsequent boundary delimitation ahead of the 2023 general elections commence tomorrow with over eleven thousand election centres, close to six million voters in delimitation roll and the inspection exercise having kicked off this week.
“The delimitation voters’ role has 5,804,497 voters, inspection will run from 17 to 26 July 2022. We advice registered voters to take use of the mobile platforms. Netone and Econet subscribers can use *265# mobile platform or bvrinspection.zec.org.zw to beat the COVID 19 mobility challenges.” The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Spokesperson, Commissioner Jasper Mangwana said.
According to ZEC the Delimitation road map will follow the sequence of, “Accreditation for inspection, printing of voters rolls for inspection, Delimitation familiarisation training, Delimitation field work (Actual delimitation), report writing, submission of preliminary report to state president, final report and gazetting of delimited boundaries.” Commissioner Mangwana said.
The commission noted significant progress in updating the voters roll as close to two hundred thousand errors had been rectified and a further close to 100000 deceased voters had been removed from the roll.
“From the time the commission started publishing voters’ roll alterations in the government gazette on 23 June 2022 a total of 186 220 errors have been gazetted and corrected.”
Furthermore, “From 22 November 2021 up to date, the commission has gazetted 96284 deceased voters who have since been removed from the voters role.” Mangwana highlighted.
The commission noted the budget for these processes at US$83 million as availed by treasury and called for applications from those interested in observing the election.
“US$83 million has been budgeted for the delimitation exercise broken down as US$45 million for inspection and US$38 million for delimitation.”
It is also important to note that, “The commission is inviting applications to observe the inspection exercise. The period for accreditation will run from 15 to 27 July 2022 at ZEC Head Office in Harare and will be decentralized as the need arises.” Commissioner Mangwana highlighted.
Momentum is growing as fast as frustration as the country gear’s for the 2023 election as the country’s two top contenders CCC and ZANU PF ride on a new trajectory and continuity as presented by the Ngaapinde hake Mukomana and 2030 Tinenge Tichiripo idiologies respectively.