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Referendum midday update
in Zimbabwe Coalition
March 16, 2013
is going on mainly peacefully. Crisis in Zimbabwe coalition
noted the following so far:
- SADC Observers
have not reached most of the polling station around the country.
Only local observers were visible. Many unaccredited observers
tried their luck but were turned away.
- ZANU PF
officials at many polling stations are taking down names of all
voters; in other incidents they are asking voters to register
their names at ZANU PF offices after voting. The reason for this
is still not known. In Chipinge Central, Ward 6, at Gaza Primary
School ZANU PF officials Livingstone Makangara, Fortunate Chijaha,
Shara Mwandifura, Ronia Murire and Mudhende a ministry of youth
official are taking down details of everyone who have voted at
the polling station. They were initially doing it inside the school
premises but police have moved them outside the school premises
and they are now situated about 100m from the school. We commend
the Zimbabwe Republic Police for a job well done.
- There is
high voter turnout in most rural areas unlike the towns. Very
High turnout at Muzarabani Community Hall in Mashonaland Central
Province over 500 people braving the heat to cast their vote.
Over one thousand people at Govere primary school in Chirumhanzu
District Midlands Province.
- Some voters
have been turned away. The reasons for the turning away are varying
from people with defaced national identity documents, using driver’s
license as identity document and people with alien identity documents.
It has always been difficult for Zimbabweans with origins outside
of Zimbabwe to vote in any election. Most of these people besides
being born in Zimbabwe and with no link with their families outside
Zimbabwe they are still rendered second class citizens.
by 12noon voting had not started because the Zimbabwe Ectoral Commission
truck which was bringing ballot papers was involved in an accident.
In Malape and Chitulipasi in Beitbridge East voters have been milling
around the polling station since 7am.
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