HARARE-- The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has declared that the voters roll for the presidential and parliamentary elections at the end of this month is clean, contrary to allegations that it contains names of "ghost" voters.

ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba said in a statement here Thursday that the technology used by the commission to compile the voters roll did not allow inclusion of ghost voters and it also detected other irregularities such as double registrations.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission would like to dismiss as false the recent media reports that there are 250,000 ghost voters on the voters roll," she added.

"In one of the two cases cited by a local daily, the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) picked out that Chikondowa Varaidzo registered three times giving three different places of residence. Her entries recorded on Dec 15, 2017 and May 31, 2018 have been removed from the final voters roll leaving the May 29 2018 record only."

Chigumba said contrary to the allegations that the AFIS system was not reliable, it had managed to produce a clean voters roll. Contrary to the press report which alleged that the AFIS system was not reliable, it should be noted that the above anomaly and numerous others were identified by this technology which has assisted the Commission to produce a clean voters' roll," she said.

Chigumba also dismissed allegations that the ZEC had given one political party the mobile phone numbers of registered voters to assist it to disseminate campaign messages. The Commission would like to assure the public that details on the voters roll are for use by the Commission only and no one else, she said.

Zimbabwe goes to the polls on July 30.