The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has described as malicious, claims by an opposition legislator that it had clandestinely issued some Zanu PF candidates in the just ended by-elections with a voters’ roll which had colour images of voters while denying the same to the ruling party’s opponents.
Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) Binga North legislator Prince Dubeko-Sibanda this week claimed that Zanu PF’s Victoria Falls local authority candidates in the March 26 by-elections, Musa Ncube and Kudakwashe Mavula Munsaka, were given copies of the voters roll with colour images of the voters.
Local media also carried the claims by the opposition lawmaker.
In a statement Thursday, ZEC denied any bias towards political actors,
“The allegations are outright malicious and again an attempt to distract the Commission from its constitutional mandate,” said the poll management authority.
“Since the ruling in the Mpezeni case wherein the High Court upheld the contention that the Commission could not be compelled to issue a voters roll with photographs to political parties or any member of the public, no voters’ roll with photographs has been issued to any stakeholder.
“The Commission does not discriminate against any of its stakeholders on the issuance of voters rolls and challenges all to prove it otherwise.”
Added ZEC, “All stakeholders are urged to verify their facts before publishing inaccurate and misleading information.”
ZEC is under fire from the opposition which claims the authority is biased towards Zanu PF.
The Commission remains committed to discharging its constitutional mandate without fear or favour.