Friday, October 16, 2015

CHADEMA claims voters register flawed

Dar es Salaam: Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) has claimed that the voters register released recently by National Electoral Commission had many flaws and that October 25 General Election could not take place under such circumstances.

The party’s director of elections, Reginald Munisi told media that they had identified at least 17 shortcomings at Azimio One polling station in Dodoma Region, saying the situation was repeated in all the 63,523 polling stations across the country.

He said among the flaws in the register include registration of people who were believed to be foreigners as they appeared to be of White and Chinese origins, absence of photographs and differences in backgrounds of photos that were supposedly taken at the same voter registration centre.

“Some voters are registered as male while their faces show they are female, others are said to have been born in 1990 but they look much younger,” he said.

According to Munisi, some photographs have the wrong background including that of iron sheets, in restaurants, on motorcycles and buildings while others appear to have been taken using mobile phone cameras.

“NEC must come out clean on this matter,” he charged.

He further reiterated that his party and parties forming the coalition of defenders of people constitution (Ukawa- NLD, CUF and NCCR Mageuzi) still demand to examine and verify the new software to be used by NEC to tally the votes.

According to Munisi, if NEC denies Ukawa access to authenticate the system, then the Opposition would do manual tallying.

In response, NEC’s Information Technology expert Alphonce Nyambita said Chadema must learn to trust NEC and stop politicizing everything.

He said there could have been some human errors in the registration exercise, but that did not mean NEC intended to disrupt the elections. Nyambita said NEC would be ready to make corrections whenever errors were proven.

Earlier, Chadema deputy chairman (Mainland) Prof Abdallah Safari, said Ukawa was drafting a letter that would be submitted to the International Criminal Court, the UN and the Commonwealth.
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