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ZEC rules out Diaspora Vote

By Tendai Kamhungira

Zimbabweans based outside the country will not be able to vote in next year’s watershed elections, national elections management body — the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) — said yesterday bringing to an end the debate on whether those in the Diaspora would be allowed to be part of the crucial poll without casting their votes from here.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Rita Makarau, flanked by her deputy Mr Emmanuel Magade and Chief Elections Officer Ms Constance Chigwamba, during a meeting with political parties. —(Picture by John Manzongo)

Addressing a high-level meeting with political parties and media houses, Zec chairperson Rita Makarau said the current law does not allow Zimbabweans not resident in the country to vote in the presidential, parliamentary and municipal polls slated for next year.

“Will we establish polling stations outside Zimbabwe? No, we will not. And the reason we will not is not because we do not want but because the law, as it currently stands, does not give us the power to do so.

“Will the Diasporans be able to register to vote? Yes, they can register to vote. They have to come back here, present themselves before voter registration officers, with their proof of identity and an address within Zimbabwe,” Makarau said.

“They can come and register to vote. Come voting day, because they would have been allocated a polling station, they will have to come and vote at that polling station.

“ . . . so if we are to fight that battle, please don’t bring it to Zec, take it back to the courts,” she added.

Makarau cited the recent ruling on the Diaspora vote by the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) which recently threw out an application by a United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean who sought to have Zec set up polling stations outside the country.

She said Zec is guided by the Con-Court ruling.

Opposition parties have argued the move was designed to deny the opposition millions of votes from mostly illegal immigrants eking out a living in South Africa and other foreign countries who are decidedly anti-President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF.

Makarau told the high level delegation that Zec already has the $7,59 million funding for the procurement of the BVR kits.

She confirmed that they had signed an agreement on June 14 with Laxton Group, which won the tender to provide the 3 000 BVR kits that will be used in the voter registration process. Daily News

  • okay

  • Ras

    The diaspora is used by zanu for ballot stuffing and rigging elections. So, if they allow them to vote then it’ll mess up their rigging system

  • The playing ref.

  • kuvhoteyi zvakabirirwa kare tamba ne brain dzedu pambenie

  • We are not surprised at all about that,we as youths we have lost hope in voting bcs there is no difference, ZANU always wins

  • inini1545

    No problem, when you ask for a hand from the diaspora community for development, the same courtesy I’ll be extended with no regret.

  • Igaroziva

  • Kovedzimwe nyika vanovota varikunze want?

  • Tipei futi yeAfrobarometer iyo,hanzi Tsvangirai aihwina pese apa

  • MKOSHO WAKO

  • Ndinongouya

  • Kutya vanhu muchabva chete

  • chero zvamaita hanti makanamira muoffice.muchafa chete moti Mwari haazvione.

  • otherwise mazita evariDiaspora vacho akatoregistwa kare and achavhotera Zanu yenyu varidzi vasingazive.

  • Iwe kenney

  • Shame

  • Just like a vampire it sucks yr blood till u collapse, let it be inguva yacho kuzaphela kuphela

  • Kuvhota hativhote ,chamunoda madiaspora remmitances ,muchaiwana kwamai enyu mari ye arikunze imbwa imwi

  • fook

  • No vote no diaspora remittences

  • No diaspora vote NO diaspora remittances

  • CHERO ZUVA VANOTODA KUTIDZIMIRA

  • Zanu pf disease is contagious. Vese zvavabata. Kungobvumidza Diaspora vote maenda.

  • Zec ne zanu ndezvimwe chete even icho chi Rita makarau ndeche zanu saka hapana apa mazimbo totongo mirira Mwari chete otherwise imbwa ,mbavha idzi dzinoda kufirapo

  • Thanks

  • Shame

  • Adi munoda kutora mari yedu.

  • You don’t care about their rights to vote but their money .All diasopans you should protest over this issue by not paying to the Treasury back home.

  • But whose interest is ZeC protecting , if other nations do allow their citizens abroad to vote why not Zimbabwe. ZeC is not as independent as it is supposed to be. The fact that when this board is given questions by political parties and doesn’t have answers at hand instead it promises to make response at a later date that shows that someone is remote controlling ZeC.

  • why?

  • 27june vamugabe muofice zvakapera Kare ,,,,kuvhota ikodzere dzechizvarwa chemuzimbabwe .Muchatidako

  • Nxaaaaaaaa

  • Ndaizviziva kuti hure iri haringambobvuma kuti tivhote tiri kunze but anywy kuzovhota ndiko kwandirikuuya kuzoita manje kuzovhotera mdc

  • There are a lot of Zimbabweans in neighboring countries, most of then can afford bus fare to come home,so kwirai ma bhazi come n vote.

  • l guess the Diaspora to the opposition is what the rural vote is to zanu pf

  • tirikuuya

  • Ndokutotanga kwazvo hudzvanyiriri zvogonzi ve diaspora hava vote ndava yei ? Havasi ma Zimbabweans?

  • Thieves

  • It is serious political naivety to think that ZEC can hold a free and credible election

  • Why because most of the pple outside want change

  • Even if I’m in Zim during time of elections, I won’t waste my precious time voting!!. Never again when Mugabe,Rita and Zec are still around. Everything is rigged

  • Ko tinouyakozve,haisi nyaya iyo

  • Ndoo arikungo humana ma xenophobia iwaya heee CHAMATAMA bva hamuvhote nhai VIVA ZANU PF

  • If any one want to vote let them come back home ,if they truly love zim