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ZEC Urged To Be More Transparent

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By Moses Chibaya

Harare, July 15, 2017 – THE Election Resource Centre (ERC) has insisted the country's electoral processes must be conducted in a transparent and inclusive manner and urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), to clarify the methodology used on the mapping exercise of the voter registration centres. 

Recently there has been an outcry from political parties on the distribution of the proposed centres with allegations of strong bias against urban areas.

In an interview, the ERC executive director, Tawanda Chimhini said all electoral processes, including the mapping exercise which was done between February and April this year, must be conducted in a transparent and inclusive manner.

"In the absence of a publicly shared methodology of the mapping exercise, it is difficult to be convinced that the above principles have been exhaustively considered," Chimhini said.

"It is, therefore, prudent on the part of ZEC to fully clarify how they have arrived at the number and distribution of the registration centres which will be used as polling stations."

Chimhini said the election management body in setting up the centres must be guided by access, consideration of geography, population distribution and community interest.

"In the spirit of inclusiveness, ZEC must be prepared allow a public and stakeholder review of the proposed centres before finalisation of the same," Chimhini said.

Chimhini, who has been calling for the holding of free, fair and credible for more than a decade, said ZEC must prioritise stakeholder concerns.

"While ZEC has a constitutional mandate to administer elections independently ignoring concerns of stakeholders will diminish public confidence in electoral processes," he said.

ERC, a think tank and advocacy institution on democracy and elections, acknowledged ZEC's continued engagement with local political parties.

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