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  • Understanding increase in registration centers
    Election Resource Centre
    June 11, 2013

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    Since the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced the figures of the 1st phase of voter registration, which figures have shown that some provinces have recorded high number of first time voters, there have been various arguments put forward to explain the likely meaning of the figures in relation to specific provinces and what it means.

    The dominant line that has been peddled hitherto is that there were more people registering in the three Mashonaland Provinces – fact!

    However the ERC observes that there is primarily nothing unusual about such occurrences because the provinces that were allocated the highest number of mobile registration centres recorded the highest turnout of first time voters. For instance Mashonaland East which had the highest number of registration centres (100) recorded the highest number of first time voters (35 266) whilst Bulawayo, which had the least registration centres, recorded the lowest turnout of first time registrants (5 068).

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