The Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) has warned the public of a fake WhatsApp message circulating on social media to tarnish the image of the commission.
This comes in the wake of a recording circulating on the application of an Individual who is purporting to be a member of the Zimbabwe National Army deployed at ZEC as an undercover intelligence operative.
In a press statement, ZEC says it is false that the use of the USSD code *265# to confirm one’s registration status is a ploy to flash out certain groups of registrants from the Provisional Voters’ Roll.
“Members of the public are hereby advised that the Commission has no serving soldiers in its employment and it is false that the use of the USSD code *265# to confirm one’s registration status is a ploy to flash out certain groups of registrants from the Provisional Voters’ Roll. The use of the USSD code and SMSs are initiatives to make one’s registration status easily verified,” reads the statement from ZEC.
ZEC warned that the people involved that they should stop what they are doing or risk prosecution.
The commission also reminded members of the public of the grounds under which, a person’s name can be removed from the voters’ roll having initially registered to vote.
“The Commission is also advising the public that sections 32 and 33 of the Electoral Act clearly state the circumstances under which one’s name can be removed from the voters’ roll either through death, objection or in the case of multiple registrations,” added ZEC.
To keep safeguard the authenticity in the flow of information from the commission to the public, the commission named the specific people responsible for speaking on behalf of the commission.
“The public is also reminded that ZEC’s official spokespersons are the Commission’s Chairperson and the Chief Elections Officer.”