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Crisis Report Issue 191
in Zimbabwe Coalition
June 11, 2013
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to Improve Voter Registration – Chairperson Makarau
Commission (ZEC) has admitted that the initial mobile voter registration
which ended on May 19 was “fraught with challenges”,
although Chairperson Justice Rita Makarau hastily pledged to improve
the exercise addressing a consultative meeting with members of the
civil society on Thursday June 6 in Harare.
ZEC was scheduled
to begin a 30-day mobile voter registration on Monday June 10 to
satisfy requirements in the new Constitution
and has since complied as mobile voter registration is currently
underway at various centers.
on May 31 that the next election
should be held by July 31 which analysts say makes the preparation
for free and fair elections squeezed for time given the need for
ZEC and the Registrar of Voters’ office to prepare a credible
As agreed by
SADC Heads of State and Government on the sidelines of the African
Union (AU) Golden Jubilee in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, SADC might
hold a Summit on Zimbabwe in Mozambican capital Maputo this week.
the Summit could assess the preparations for elections.
Makarau, the ZEC chairperson addressed members of the civil society
alongside other commissioners and the Registrar of Voters Tobaiwa
this to be a credible election so we have held this meeting because
a credible election requires consultation,” said Justice Makarau,
admitting on behalf of ZEC that there were flaws in the previous
that exercise was fraught with challenges.
we could invite you to share what we have done to deal with those
The ZEC chairperson
admitted to flaws that were identified by civil society organisations
such as Zimbabwe
Election Support Network (ZESN) and Election
Resource Centre (ERC) among others.
from lack of adequate publicity to inconsistencies with the regulations
in the conduct of ZEC teams as well as inaccessibility of the mobile
to plug some of the gaps they had conducted synchronized training
of staff with the Registrar of Voters’ office for the voter
educators who have since been deployed in pairs to the 1958 wards
across the country.
said people living with disabilities had been considered in the
recruitment which it said was guided by the Public Service Commission
(PSC) in liaison with the National
Association of Societies for the Care of the Disabled (NASCOH)
the organisation which is also assisting with necessary aids for
the sector in the registration.
those without proofs of residence would be required as a “last
resort” to sign sworn affidavits that are obtainable at the
registration centres before ZEC Commissioners of Oaths.
ZEC said it
was also using schools to distribute information to the rural communities
those who have concerns to approach ZEC but when asked whether the
Commission would allow civil society to educate voters she could
only disclose that applications from the organisations were still
under consideration without giving further detail.
education and voter inspection will run concurrently.
registration of first time voters is going on all those who have
voted before are expected to inspect their names on the roll.
inspection is free,” Makarau said.
efforts were underway to deal with the issue of aliens who are eligible
to vote as dictated by the new Constitution.
that there was no open door policy for all aliens except those who
match the relaxed requirements, particularly clarifying on aliens
of SADC origin.
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