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can’t afford 30-day registration - Mudede
Veneranda Langa, NewsDay
June 11, 2013
(RG) Tobaiwa Mudede yesterday said his department did not have enough
money to be able to abide by the new Constitution
stipulating that voter registration takes place for at least 30
days per ward. Mudede said instead, the voter registration exercise,
which began countrywide yesterday, would take place for only three
days per ward.
The RG disclosed
this yesterday when he appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio
Committee on Defence and Home Affairs chaired by Glen View South
MP Paul Madzore, after being quizzed by the committee to state whether
or not he would be able to deploy enough staff for the 30-day voter
registration period. According to the new Constitution of Zimbabwe,
registration should take place for 30 days in each of the 1
“Yes, we cannot
afford 30-day voter registration per ward because we do not have
the money,” Mudede said. “We were supposed to do registration
per ward, but if we do not have sufficient money we will be unable
to do so.
“The method that
we are following this time is that all districts will be visited
by four teams, which means they should be able to cover all wards
in a particular district.”
He added a cluster strategy
would be used in urban areas where after completing voter registration
in one ward, the registration team would move to another cluster.
Mudede, who was accompanied
by Home Affairs secretary Melusi Matshiya, said the RG’s Office
had budgeted $13 million for the exercise, but were given $4 million
during the first voter registration exercise and another $4,4 million
for the current exercise, resulting in a deficit of $5 million.
“We expected that
money would be coming from Treasury, but we still have a balance
of $5 million. Ward-based voter registration became impossible because
of money. If we had the money, we would have started six months
ago. We categorised and said if we did constituency-based registration,
it would need $94,5 million, district-based registration would need
$33,1 million and ward-based registration $104 million. So far we
have 5,8 million people registered,” he said.
Finance minister Tendai Biti told the House
of Assembly that Treasury had disbursed $20 million to the Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission for the voter registration exercise. The RG
denied allegations there were some people, including ministers,
who suddenly found their names off the voters’ roll.
“All the reports
that names were removed proved to be false. I will not give you
the information because it is confidential. A person is only removed
from the voters’ roll through death or through court processes
by a magistrate,” he said.
Mudede said some of the
challenges his department was facing included shortage of equipment
like cameras, vehicles and generators.
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