The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) has expressed dismay over the continued use of two voters’ roll in Zimbabwe’s parliamentary elections saying the electoral body should stop this practice. In its detailed report following the Mwenezi parliamentary election won by a Zanu PF candidate at the weekend, ZESN said, “ZESN observers reported that the Commission continued to use two voters’ rolls in the by-election a trend that has been previously observed in previous by-elections. “The main voters’ roll made up of voters captured during the registration process was used together with a supplementary roll based on the ward based voters’ roll used in the 2013 harmonised election. ZESN reiterates its position that use of one voters’ roll in future elections will greatly enhance the transparency and integrity of the electoral process.”
Zanu PF’s Joosbi Omah got 18,700 votes while Welcome Masuku of the National Constitutional Assembly received 482 and Turner Mhango of the Zimbabwe Congress Party got 386.
Top opposition political parties like the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai and several others did not participate in the polls saying ZEC should first level the electoral field before they field candidates in these polls.