Harare – Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Chairperson Justice Priscilla has said that suspected hackers gained access to the commissions database.
According to Newsday, Chigumba told local radio station Star FM on Monday that the hackers cloned the commission’s domain, which hosted the voters’ roll complete with phone numbers and splashed the data on the internet.
This comes after Zanu PF sent ward base campaign messages.
Opposition parties stormed ZEC offices last week demanding a meeting with the chairperson.
According to Daily News, ICT and Cyber Security minister Supa Mandiwanzira said his ministry is aware that ZEC issued a protected copy of the roll while the one that has been published on the Internet is unprotected.
“Such data cannot and should not be made public without the permission of the voters themselves. Publication of physical addresses and phone numbers of voters without their authority is an abuse of the Internet just as it is unconstitutional,” Mandiwanzira said in a statement.
The statement did not state how information on the ZEC database was uploaded to the Internet.
ZEC’s commissioner, Qubani Moyo dismissed allegations that ZEC gave voter information to Zanu PF, saying that they had not leaked voter information to any political parties.
Commissioner Moyo said, service providers have facilities where they sell their database to parties for bulk messages.