Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson, Justice Rita Makarau, says the election management body is implementing a raft of measures aimed at making the Zimbabwe’s electoral system more transparent and credible. Makarau told a stakeholders’ conference organised by the Elections Resource Centre that the reforms include a robust and efficient biometric voter registration exercise that would eliminate the dead and absent from the voters roll. She said the polling station-based voter registration exercise would, among other issues, result in the reduction in the number of ballot papers per polling station and reduce chances of double voting.
She said the reforms, some of which are mandatory, were driven by the new constitution, recommendations from observer missions in previous elections as well as constructive engagement with stakeholders.
Makarau said ZEC was ready to engage stakeholders and political parties on a monthly basis with a view to build trust and confidence in the electoral process.