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Court bars advocacy group from launching voters roll audit
Alex Bell, SW Radio Africa
July 17, 2013
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The High Court
on Wednesday barred
and Advocacy Unit (RAU) from launching an audit of Zimbabwe’s
voters roll, which has highlighted even more discrepancies ahead
The audit follows
a preliminary report
RAU released earlier this month which highlighted the critical problems
discovered in the voters roll, such as the number of registered
voters in some areas being higher than actual adults counted in
last year’s national census.
the group was set to launch its detailed analysis at the Crowne
Plaza Hotel in Harare. But on Wednesday morning an interdict from
the High Court was handed to the group and to the venue, blocking
Senior RAU researcher
Rumbidzai Dube told SW Radio Africa that the interdict, filed by
Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede, was based on incorrect information.
She said that Mudede had filed his application on the ‘misconception’
that RAU was launching the full voters roll. Mudede had argued in
his application that RAU was trying ‘assume’ his powers,
and they intended to cause ‘chaos and anarchy’ within
the electoral system.
that this was not the case, and that RAU was only planning to launch
its audit of the voters roll, not the voters roll itself. She said
Mudede had based his application only on information contained in
a NewsDay article, and no attempt was made to verify the facts with
RAU before the interdict was signed.
Calling it ‘unprocedural’
Dube also explained how they were not given any notice of the Registrar
General’s application until the interdict was served on Wednesday.
the interdict would be procedural if the Certificate of Urgency
had been properly signed and stamped that would have allowed them
to do what they did, but it wasn’t, so there was need for
them (the RG) to serve papers on us first before coming with the
final order,” Dube said.
She added: “What
we have done is we have consulted our lawyers and they are in the
process of filing opposing papers. We have also delivered a copy
of our report to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.”
The key findings
in the audit include:
- That there
are nearly 2,000,000 potential voters aged under 30 who are unregistered.
- That there
are well over 1,000,000 people on the roll who are either deceased
or have left the country.
- That 63 constituencies
have more registered voters than inhabitants.
- There is
a marked registration bias in favour of rural constituencies.
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