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Vol 58 No 16

Published 4th August 2017


Zimbabwe

Donors risk funding a fix

The ruling party is laying the groundwork for using biometric technology to help it rig the result of the next election

High hopes for biometric electoral registration, which should be in place before the 2018 elections, may well be misplaced, Africa Confidential can reveal. Leaders of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front are subverting the intentions of a project funded by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to make the electoral register accurate and impartial. According to the leaked risk assessment by a supplier of the biometric voting register (BVR) equipment, there is a great danger that ZANU-PF could manipulate the data. Donors could even end up helping to finance the theft of next year's poll.

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