With less than two weeks to go until Zimbabweans head to the polls, a further analysis of the voter’s roll has shown that as many as 900 000 records may have been tampered with, to influence the results, according to a report by TeamPachedu. This includes duplicating voters with a different date of birth, assigning and creating new identity numbers for some voters and introducing minor changes to the identity numbers that cannot be ascribed to human error. The Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) compiled the roll using its much-vaunted biometric identification system to authenticate the records, presumably ensuring only one voter can be assigned to each record.
But the report’s findings stand in stark contrast to claims by the ZEC that this advanced system would result in a deduplication of records and a reduction of “ghost voters” and duplicated identity numbers.
Despite these assurances, the report highlights that its researches had already found 81 duplicated identity numbers.
Earlier this week, a team of professors, data-scientists and political analysts calling themselves Team Pachedu released a report based on an electronic copy of the voter’s roll released to the public and opposition parties.