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July 10, 2007
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permitted to vote?
to The Herald of 7 May 2007, the Minister of Local Government, Public
Works and Urban Development announced that local government elections
would be held in January next year. Addressing a rally in his constituency,
he is alleged to have said that all aliens born in Zimbabwe should
register to vote, adding that plans to issue them with identity
documents were at an advanced stage. A meeting with the Registrar-General's
office "to iron out grey areas" would be held shortly,
he said, assuring the aliens among his audience that they would
be allowed to vote.
According to a report in the same newspaper on 15 June 2007, the
Registrar-General told a press conference that all persons aged
18 and above would be able to register as voters in the current
voter registration exercise conducted by his officers. He said:
"The officers would be issuing birth certificates, identity
documents as well as voter registration, inspection of the voters'
roll, citizenship registration and restoration for those who lost
it by default."
who were made 'stateless' by the Citizenship Amendment
Act Number 12 of 2003 after they failed to regularise their citizenship
status and wishing to restore it, are required to bring their original
birth certificates, original identity cards or a passport and, if
married, their original marriage certificates."
If they produced these documents, the report implied, these "stateless"
persons would be registered as citizens and voters.
Was the Minister correct? Can aliens be allowed to vote in national
and local elections?
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