By Brian Maphosa
THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has urged locals to bring documents proving the death of dead relatives as it begins the process of cleaning up the country’s voters’ roll ahead of elections expected July this year.
ZEC has announced plans to lay open the country’s Provisional Voters` Roll for public inspection from 19 to 29 May, 2018 in accordance with the country’s electoral laws.
The purpose is to allow more than 5 million newly registered voters to verify with the poll authority if all their details were captured correctly during the recent biometric voter registration exercise.
“The electorate should bring burial orders or deaths certificates for their deceased registered relatives so that they are removed from the Provisional Voters’ Roll,” reads a statement by Zec.
This comes after the poll authority revealed recently that up to 5 000 locals who registered under the bvr exercise since September last year have since died.
Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede also said recently that nearly 2 million locals have since died since 2013, when the country held its last harmonised elections.
The impending voters’ roll inspection is also aimed at allowing registrants to transfer their registration to appropriate polling stations based on new proof of residence.