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  • Officials frustrate and turn away aspiring voters
    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    May 10, 2013

    First time voters who went to Rusununguko Primary School in Mufakose, mobile voter registration centre, to register to vote in the forthcoming harmonized elections were today made to wait for hours in long queues before being eventually told to try other registration centres. Some of the aspiring voters at the centre told the Crisis Coalition team they had come from as far as Kuwandzana and had tried to catch the early bird in order to get registered as a voter.

    Some of the frustrated prospective voters claim that after submitting their proof of residence documents they were made to wait longer without being notified of the next stage of the process. They also claim that some of the people were turned away after failing to provide their landlord’s national identity number.

    “We were simply asked to wait in the queue since morning. Since then no one came back to tell us what to do since this is out first time to be involved in this process. We really want to register so that we can elect a leader of our choice, but with this kind of confusion this process is likely to yield more frustration than registered voter”, said frustrated man in the queue.

    Others reporters that authorities had announced that the registration centre was closing as they had reached the maximum number of people they could process per day.

    The mobile voter registration exercise started on April 29 and will end on May 19.

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