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‘We are not sorry’ – ZEC

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has distanced itself from an “apology” to Zimbabweans for allegedly depriving thousands of prospective first-time voters an opportunity to participate in the upcoming by-elections and accused daily newspapers of carrying “false narratives.”

This week, NewsDay reported that the Commission’s spokesperson Joyce Kazembe had apologized and admitted to failing to provide adequate and accessible registration centres throughout the country.

“She apologized after realizing that several people failed to register to vote due to inaccessibility of its 72 district centers,” Newsday reported.

“We know that there are some who stay far from the district offices who may not be able to easily access the registration centers, but for now, we are abiding by the law. But we are sorry. We apologize.

“However, the registration process is still ongoing for other elections other than the by-elections. We have 9 000 biometric voters’ registration kits that we will roll out throughout the country to ensure complete accessibility of the registration service,” the daily publication quoted her as having said on Monday.

But on Tuesday morning, ZEC woke up dismissing the apology made by its spokesperson arguing that “there is nothing to apologize, we know our constitutional mandate.”

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“No Apology, these are the reasons why we postponed the VR blitz and we communicated with stakeholders on 24 Nov 2021. With respect there is nothing to apologise, we know our constitutional mandate, we will carry it in full despite false narratives in daily newspapers #SorryNotSorry,” ZEC said in a statement on Twitter.

Last November, ZEC suspended a voter registration blitz which was scheduled for the 6th of December. The move was taken during a massive opposition MDC Alliance poll mobilization drive.

Since the beginning of this year, the opposition embarked on a voter registration campaign mainly targeting the youths ahead of the blitz that was suspended.

ZEC said it still stands with a statement by the commission’s acting chief executive officer Jane Chigidji that announced the suspension of the December voter registration blitz.

Meanwhile, ZEC advised that it has already closed the voters’ roll for the by-elections slated for March 26 this year as per the Electoral Act.

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