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Deceased people removed from the voters roll

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) struck off the voters’ roll, more than 18 000 deceased people  between January and December last year.

ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba said the process of removing deceased persons from the voters’ roll was being done in collaboration with the registrar of births and deaths.

Justice Chigumba said this in ZEC’s 2019 annual report that was tabled last week in the National Assembly by Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi.

“In line with the constitutional mandate to maintain the voters’ roll the commission systematically removed deceased registered voters from the voters roll at periodic intervals. The deceased registered voters’ records were extracted from lists of adults aged 18 years and above received from the Registrar General (RG)’s office who passed on between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. The total number of the deceased registered voters removed in 2019 stood at 18 586,” said Justice Chigumba.

She said they were conducting voter education at tertiary institutions given that the bulk of voting youths were at colleges and universities.

“The youth constitute about 60 percent of registered voters in Zimbabwe. Researches indicate that the Zimbabwean tertiary institutions accommodate about 37 percent of the registered voters of ages between 18-35 years. This was the basis on which the Commission sought to establish a collaborative framework with tertiary institutions as a way of harnessing the youth component. Partnerships were developed with institutions of higher learning to facilitate the provision of voter education and information from a civic perspective,” said Justice Chigumba.

She said following the successful establishment of the ICT network infrastructure linking all commission’s offices online export of biometric voter registration data was successfully implemented last year.

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