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'BVR machines will allow Zanu PF to identify opposition members,' villagers told

by Stephen Jakes
16 Oct 2017 at 07:26hrs | Views
Zanu PF activists in Masvingo Province Bikita East Ward 20 recently told villagers that the biometric Voter registration machines will allow the ruling party to identify the opposition members and enable Zanu PF to deal with them.

This was reported by the Heal Zimbabwe Trust which said on the 4th of October 2017, Councillor Martin Chiwacha addressed a meeting at Chiroorwe ward centre and announced that BVR machines will allow ZANU PF to identify opposition party supporters.

"He stated that after the 2018 elections, they will use information from the BVR equipments to identify all opposition party supporters. He further indicated that all those who will be identified shall be thoroughly beaten soon after the election results are announced hence people should vote "wisely," said the trust.

 "In Mashonaland West at Chegutu East ward 17 on 8 October 2017, Councillor Michael Marecha convened a meeting at Musengezi farmers' hall at Dombwe Township. At the meeting, he announced that the BVR is going to help Zanu PF identify opposition party members. He further stated that all those who will be detected to shall be beaten up soon after the 2018 election results are announced."

 The trust said in Kariba ward 3 on 10 0ctober 2017, Zanu PF District Chairperson, Clever Chitofu and Zanu PF member Wayne Muparaganda, took down serial numbers of voter registration slips from people who had registered to vote at Nyanheve Primary School and Ambassador Church polling station.

"It is Heal Zimbabwe's assertion that the new BVR system was supposed to be accompanied by a robust voter education exercise to dispel falsehoods and myths being peddled especially in rural areas. These lies and threats have a great potential of disenfranchising many people from exercising their democratic right of voting," said the trust.

"Heal Zimbabwe has sent all these cases to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission for redress. The organisation will continue to monitor human rights violations around the registration process especially in political hotspots areas."

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