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February 13, 2013
leaders and community members gathered at Tsholotsho Centre today
to share challenges on the voter registration process. Below are
the highlights of their discussions;
- Adults intending
to register as voters are being turned away by Tsholotsho Business
Centre Registrar Office which is allegedly registering 18 year
olds who get Identity cards.
leaders are 'refusing' to provide letters as proof
of residence to villagers for them to register as voters in fear
of victimization by ZANU PF.
- There are
only two registration centres which are Tsholotsho Centre and
Nkunzi where citizens can register as voters. Nkunzi is 45kms
from Tsholotso center which means that villagers have to either
sit back or bear the brunt of walking long distances only to be
- There are
widespread reports of most youths abstaining from registering
as voters due to disillusionment among villagers that the election
result may still be the same-lack of information and faith on
tangible changes in the legislation and process.
the 2012 Census, Tsholotsho district has a population of 113,895
and two voter registration centres is a barrier to the elderly who
can't walk long distances to register to vote. This is also
a challenge even to those who do not have sources of transport such
as scorch carts. The planned Government-led mobile voter registration
has not been rolled despite the 3rd of January, 2013 commencement
date having long gone.
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