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Zimbabwe delays voter registration after cash fails to appear
January 04, 2013
registering voters before an election expected this year because
the Treasury has yet to disburse the required money, Joyce Kazembe,
deputy chairwoman of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, said.
which includes a "clean-up" of the list of eligible
voters, was expected to begin yesterday and last three months, she
said in a telephone interview from Harare today. The formerly opposition
Movement for Democratic Change party and political activists have
said the list included the names of dead people.
people who are proved to be deceased will be removed during the
registration process, while newly eligible voters will be added,"
Kazembe said. "Money hasn't been forthcoming from the
Treasury department, so we're now waiting."
Mugabe has said he wants the elections held in March. The Southern
African Development Community in 2009 brokered an agreement between
Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC, creating a unity
government following a 2008
election the regional body said was marred by violence. Under
the agreement, Zimbabweans must approve a new constitution before
presidential and parliamentary elections can be held.
state-controlled Herald last month quoted the ZEC as saying $220
million would be needed to hold the ballot and constitutional referendum.
About 5.5 million
Zimbabweans are on the country's voters' roll, the Herald
reported last month.
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