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audit of Zimbabwe's 2013 voters' roll
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This is the
second report on an audit of the June 2013 Voters’ Roll. It
expands on the previous report,
provides a more detailed analysis of the Roll, and corrects a number
of minor errors.
A number of
key findings merged from the audit:
there are nearly 2 000 000 potential voters aged under 30 who are
Very few adults
aged under 30 are registered. This is most marked in the 18 -19
age band, where only 8.87% are registered. In numerical terms, this
means that a total of 1 920 424 people under the age of 30 ought
to be registered as voters but are not.2 This is almost 29% of the
total adult population of 6 647 779. Since there are unregistered
people in the other age bands, the total percentage of the entire
adult population who ought to be registered as voters but are not,
is considerably higher than 29%.
there are well over 1 000 000 people on the roll who are either
deceased or departed.
If one removes
the 1 920 424 unregistered potential voters from the calculation,
the registration rate rises to an impossible 129% of people aged
30 and over. If an 85% registration rate is assumed, then over registration
rate rises to 52% for these age bands, representing some 1 732 527
names which are on the roll but ought not to be. In other words,
rather than the some 5 874 115 entries on the roll there should
not be more than 4 141 588.
63 constituencies have more registered voters than inhabitants.
This was covered in the Preliminary report and the full details
of those Constituencies with more voters than inhabitants according
to the 2012 Census is given in Appendix 2 of this report.
41 Constituencies deviate from the average number of voters per
constituency by more than the permitted 20%.
This was also
reported in the preliminary report, but here is expanded. The report
points out a number of problems:
- Whilst delimitation
has been fixed according to the 2008 specifications, there are
three local government authorities [RDCs] that have been created
from existing wards for which re-delimitation is necessary, but
not constitutionally possible;
- One Ward
in one of these new RDC’s has only eight voters according
to Voters’ Roll;
- There appears
to be no political bias in the distribution of the over and under-registered
Constituencies, but it is also clear that there is discrimination
against urban constituencies. Mbare, for example, has three times
more registered voters than Chipinge East, which should mean that
Mbare should have one and a half seats to Chipinge East’s
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