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Zimbabwe's Elections 2013 - Index of Articles
Crisis Report Issue 199
in Zimbabwe Coalition
July 11, 2013
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Registration, Prospective Voters Left Out
registration process has left out many prospective voters and
should be extended to take on board Zimbabweans who were turned
away from the voter registration queues, says civil society.
Resource Centre (ERC) Director Tawanda Chimhini said the process
managed to register a big number of new voters, but left out of
a significant number as seen by hordes of people being turned away
on closing day, July 9.
the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission will take this opportunity to
extend because the law says at least 30 days should be given to
the process which means that is the minimum number of days required,”
the refusal by Zimbabwe Electoral commission (ZEC) to accredit civil
society organisations to do voter education meant people were not
informed in time, leading to increasing queues towards the end of
ZEC had deployed
two people to do voter education in each of the 1,958 wards across
you look at that number and the number of people we have in the
country that is a drop in the ocean.
would have made sense for a Commission without money is to sub-contract
the process especially given that the civil society organisations
have structures in the communities,” the ERC Director said.
director of Zimbabwe
Organisation for Youth in Politics (ZOYP) said: “I was
in Marlborough in Harare and there were a number of people who were
turned away. ZEC was supposed to extend by a day or two to incorporate
those who were turned away from the queues.”
Democratic Change (MDC) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
aired similar sentiments through its Secretary General and Finance
Minister Hon. Tendai Biti. The MDC Secretary General held a press
conference in Harare on Wednesday, July 10 where he emphasized that
the process had been exclusive and should be extended until Friday,
and thousands of people were disenfranchised by a process that was
deliberately slow,” said Biti, adding that about 300 000 people
in Harare alone failed to register.
to more anomalies, including alleged and apparently inexplicable
reduction of registered voters in Dzivarasekwa from 30 000 to 22
000 in the constituency’s voters roll. He added that his party
was concerned with unilateral transferring of registered voters
and multiple varied databases allegedly in possession of the Registrar-General
of Voters (RGV).
A human rights
lawyer, Jeremiah Bhamu, said normal voter registration should only
close 12 days before the Election Day, July 31. Bhamu said this
was according to Section 26 (a) of the Electoral
Act as amendment by Statutory Instrument 85 of 2013 passed by
President Robert Mugabe via the Presidential
Powers (Temporary Measures) Act on June 13.
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