Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Priscilla Chigumba on Wednesday told Parliament that the electoral body has registered nearly six million voters for this year’s general elections.
Chigumba appeared before the joint Thematic Committee on Peace and Security and the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice yesterday.
She said ZEC was still conducting the biometric voter registration exercise, which will end two days after the proclamation of the election date. NewsDay quoted Chigumba as saying:
Voter registration will continue in all the districts until two days after the proclamation. To date, nearly six million voters have been registered.
The commission will only announce the number of voters who will be eligible to vote once the process is done.
The commission is making strides to ensure that elections will be conducted peacefully in an environment that ensures that the will of the electorate is realised.
The commission is satisfied that its preparations are well on course and is ready to discharge its mandate in accordance with the law.
On allegations of leaking voters’ phone numbers to ZANU PF, Chigumba said, “We have to protect the data of our voters in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
Voters in various districts are receiving messages praising the government’s work and signed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The texts were personalised to include the name of the recipients’ district — and signed “President ED Mnangagwa”.