Inspection of voters rolls and provision of copies

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EDITOR – Every voters roll and every consolidated roll referred to in section 24(5) of the Draft Comprehensive Electoral Amendment Bill shall be a public document and open to inspection by the public, free of charge, during ordinary office hours at the office of the Commission or the registration office where it is kept.

A person inspecting any voters roll in terms of subsection (1) may, without removing the roll

from the office where it is kept—

 

(a) photograph or make a copy of the roll or any part of it; and

(b) make written notes of anything contained in it.

 

(3) The Commission shall without delay provide any person who requests it, and who pays the prescribed fee, with a copy of any voters roll, including a consolidated roll referred to in section 24(5), either in printed or in electronic form as the person may request.

 

(4) Within a reasonable period of time after the calling of an election, the Commission shall

provide, on payment of the prescribed fee, to every political party that intends to contest the election, and to any observer who requests it for one copy of every voters roll to be used in the election, either in printed or in electronic form as the party or observer may request.

 

(5) Fees prescribed for the purposes of subsection (3) or (4) shall not exceed the reasonable cost of providing the voters roll concerned.

 

(6) Without delay after nomination day in an election, the Commission shall provide—

 

(a) free of charge, to every nominated candidate, one copy in electronic form of the voters roll to be used in the election for which the candidate has been nominated; and

 

(b) at the request of any nominated candidate, and on payment of the prescribed fee, one copy in printed form of the voters roll to be used in the election for which the candidate has been nominated.

 

(7) Where a voters roll is provided in electronic form in terms of subsection (3), (4) or (6), its

format shall be such as allows its contents to be searched and analysed:

 

Provided that—

(i) the roll may be formatted so as to prevent its being altered or otherwise tampered with;

(ii) the Commission may impose reasonable conditions on the provision of the roll to prevent it from being used for commercial or other purposes unconnected with an election.

 

(8) For the purposes of any election the Commission shall, through the appropriate voter

registration officer, supply to every polling station sufficient copies of the voters roll and a copy of the roll shall be displayed in an accessible place at each polling station for inspection by voters wishing to do so to confirm their registration for voting at that polling station.

 

(9) Any person who, having been provided with a voters roll in terms of this section—

 

(a) alters the voters roll, that is to say, excises any name from, adds any name to or otherwise alters

the voters roll with intent to misrepresent to any person that the altered voters roll is the

authentic voters roll for any election; or

 

(b) without the prior written consent of the Commission, makes use of the voters roll for

commercial or other purposes unconnected with an election;

shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level ten or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

 

-ZESN 

 

Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) formed in 2000 is a coalition of 36 non-governmental organisations formed to co-ordinate activities pertaining to elections. The major focus of the Network is to promote democratic processes in general and free and fair elections in particular.

 

 

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