Frequently Asked Questions

Webmail 15-08-2018 06:31:47pm Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Will political parties have access to the voters’ roll?

Answer:  Yes. The electronic version of the voters’ roll will be available on Nomination Court day. It will be available to all contesting candidates free of charge. Any other person wishing to have a copy will be given upon paying a nominal fee.

The fee for the electronic copies of the voters’ roll will be:

  • National voters’ roll  - $20
  • Constituency voters roll  - $10
  • Ward voters’ roll   - $2
  • Polling station voters’ roll  - $1
  • Hard copies         - 10 cents per page

2. May we be given a chance to cast our votes through postal voting since the majority of us will be posted elsewhere as polling officers?

Answer:  Section 72(a) of the Electoral Act allows electoral officers deployed outside their areas of voting to exercise their right to vote by post. However, ZEC does not encourage the deployment of the election officers away from their areas of registration. All efforts will be made to try and deploy polling officers to where they can vote.

3. Can I vote anywhere in my ward?

Answer:  This year’s elections are polling station based as such one’s name appears on a single polling station. This makes it impossible for a person to cast their vote at any other polling station besides the one allocated during registration to vote.

4. On Election Day will the BVR machine be there to verify a voter's finger prints?

Answer:  On polling day the BVR machine will not be there. The Commission will make use of a person’s identity document and the picture taken during voter registration. Polling Officers will not inspect a person’s finger prints.

5. How do blind people vote?

Answer:  They will be assisted by a person of their own choice who should be 18 years and above.

6. What mechanisms are in place to ensure that electoral conflicts are resolved?

Answer:  The Commission uses Multi Party Liaison Committees (MPLCs) to resolve electoral disputes for contesting parties. These committees are established soon after the Nomination Courts have sat. MPLCs are at national, constituency and Local Authority levels. They comprise representatives of contesting parties and presided over by ZEC officials. The National Committee is chaired by ZEC Commissioner, Dr. Qhubani Moyo.

7. Will those in the Diaspora vote in the 2018 harmonized elections?

Answer:  The Commission has been on record saying that those in the diaspora can vote if only they could come back home to register and be there on the day of polling to vote. Voting in 2018 is going to be polling station specific hence one has to provide proof of residence that should place him or her to a specific polling station. Currently there is no legal provision that gives the Commission the right to set up polling stations in the diaspora.

8. How soon does ZEC announce the results of presidential elections after close of polling?

Answer:  Presidential election results are announced within 5 days after polling day by the law.

9. We have a lot of able bodied government pensioners, that is, former government employees who are not employed. Why does ZEC not employ them to conduct electoral activities?

Answer:  The law states that secondment of staff for ZEC operations should be from employed civil servants and those from the Health Services Board as well as from Local Authorities.

10. Is there any legal framework for an Independent external audit of the voters’ roll which formed part of the petition?

Answer:  The major challenge for the Commission is that the request by stakeholders on this subject lacks legal basis and deprives such audit of legal status. In other countries, this subject is regulated by the law and therefore such questions do not arise. In the absence of a governing and guiding legal framework, chances are high that a perfect legal process may be stalled by disagreements over a non-legal process. However, all stakeholders are at liberty, at their own expense to subject the Commission’s voters’ roll to an independent audit.