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registration comes to an end
July 10, 2013
the end of the 30-day voter
registration and inspection exercise. However, the process ended
with turmoil and many grievances regarding the inadequate voter
registration period the need for an extension of the voter registration.
There were very long queues at the registration centers that the
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission had to extend the process so people
who were still in the queues could register until midnight but still
it was not enough. Most Zimbabweans think that they have been robbed
of their right to vote as the process was closed before most people,
especially the youth could get to register. Young people in urban
areas were faced with a plethora of challenges in trying to add
their name to the voter’s role. The process was slow and tiring
with most aspiring voters being turned away without getting the
information that could help them in practicing their right.
In a briefing
of the civic society on special and postal vote the Youth Forum
attended earlier today, the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission, Justice Rita Makarau addressed the question as to why
the voter registration period could not be extended. In her response
she explained that the closing date for the voter registration was
set by the constitution
so it could not be extended and that people can go ahead and register
as voters but they will not be able to vote in the current elections.
She also highlighted some of the important dates which include the
10th of July when the voter’s role closes and the 12th when
the elections to the chief’s council will be held. Lastly,
the special voting dates which were set on the 14th and 15th of
July and what has been done to safeguard the special voting system.
“There is nothing special about the special vote, it is just
an early vote and the rest of the Zimbabweans will be casting their
votes on the 31st of July”, she remarked.
are counting down to the big day with most of them disappointed
by the just ended voter registration process. It is such a pity
that Zimbabwe’s path to full voting rights tended to be very
long and challenging for most Zimbabwean citizens. During the process,
Zimbabweans were being denied of their voting rights by the frustrating
registration process which led to sending home some of the prospective
voters as they could not produce the required documents. The voter
registration has also been coupled with long queues especially those
of the affidavits. This has facilitated the manipulation of the
voter registration process. Backtracking, it seems some of the 2009
scenarios are being restated in 2013, the same people who were responsible
for the electoral process are in charge so things are most likely
to be the same.
is a lot of disgruntlement by most Zimbabweans because of what they
have come across on the voter’s role. Zimbabweans have noticed
some injustices in as far as the voter’s role is concerned.
Some people who have lawfully registered as voters found out that
their names have been removed from the voter’s roll and these
have been replaced by ghost voters. Some of the names that have
been seen to appear on the voter’s role are those of the deceased
and those that are in the diaspora, even names of the newly born.
In the interim, most Zimbabweans are irritated and anxious and speculation
is rife. This shameful injustice has prevailed over years and robbed
the Zimbabweans of their freedom of choice. Credible elections begin
with a credible voter’s role so the moment people start questioning
about the country’s voter’s role then something will
be definitely wrong with the system. However, it is the hope of
every Zimbabwean that truth and integrity will ultimately prevail
and that the shameful injustice will be corrected.
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