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A report on the state of the mobile voter registration process
May 07, 2013
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Resource Centre (ERC) commends government efforts aimed at enfranchising
the majority of Zimbabweans as the nation approaches crucial elections
in 2013. With nine days after the state-supported decentralization
of voter and civil registration started, the ERC has however observed
some administrative anomalies, which have the potential to undermine
the otherwise necessary process of registering prospective voters.
Whilst the process
is continuing in some of the areas, the outreach is evidently yet
to be witnessed in most electoral districts. In places which the
mobile registration teams have visited a number of potential voters
remain disenfranchised due to a myriad of challenges ranging from
lack of publicity, inadequate time allocation, the cost of registration,
limited civil registration services and difficulties in acquiring
necessary documents like proof of residence. The foregoing challenges
have the inevitable effect of excluding a significant number of
eligible voters from the imminent general elections.
has also been affected by reports that there is disproportionate
distribution of the mobile voter registration teams throughout the
country's provinces, with observations that some provinces, with
a high contribution to the national population have fewer mobile
registration centres. Yet some with a low contribution to the national
population have a high number of centres.
The ERC therefore
calls upon the electoral authorities to immediately attend to the
emerging challenges in order to enable all interested eligible voters
to either register as such or inspect details of their registration
in the country’s voter register.
The ERC is monitoring
the mobile voter registration (MVR) process which started on the
29th of April 2013 and initially expected to finish on the 19th
of May 2013. Through its volunteer networks and X1G (first time
voters) mobile caravans, which are monitoring and complementing
the process as well as providing information to the young people
on the process throughout the country's ten provinces, the ERC is
able to gather reports around the ongoing voter process.
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