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Voter registration nightmare continues for aliens
Sibanda, SW Radio Africa
July 03, 2013
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With six days
to go before the end of the 30-day mandatory voter
registration exercise, thousands of potential voters countrywide
are still facing bottlenecks to get their names on the voters roll.
This has led
to calls for the government to overhaul the system of voter registration,
by introducing biometric voter registration for the 2018 elections.
They said the technology will give the electoral system more transparency
and accountability, as well as increase public confidence in the
an aspiring MDC-T parliamentary candidate for Mabvuku-Tafara in
Harare, said thousands of residents in the constituency are still
battling to acquire the proper documents to register as voters.
constituency that Maridadi is eyeing is historically resident to
thousands of Zimbabweans whose parents were mainly from Malawi and
suburb was built in the early 1960’s to accommodate domestic
workers who worked in the then Salisbury’s leafy suburbs,
such as Highlands, Greendale and Eastlea. Most of these workers
of foreign origin eventually married and raised children.
But the majority
of these children, most of whom are now middle aged, were categorized
as aliens until the adoption of a new constitution
in May this year. Under the new charter they can apply for Zimbabwean
citizenship. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has been urging
those previously classified as ‘aliens’ to apply for
national identity documents reflecting the changed status.
of them are still being disenfranchised by officials from the registrar-general’s
office who are making them run around in circles to get the proper
who’s been overseeing the MDC-T’s push to register as
many people as possible in Mabvuku-Tafara, said instead of being
served at the mobile registration centres, the ‘aliens’
are being told to go to Makombe building that houses the headquarters
of the Registrar-General’s offices.
are sent to room 100 at Makombe but the bottlenecks that they still
face there is unbelievable. When the exercise started, government
announced that renouncing an alien ID and getting a residence permit
would cost nothing, but officials are charging $10 per individual,’
that thousands of potential voters in the constituency have failed
to sign on to the electoral roll and are just stuck at Makombe building.
it’s a political plot to block the new and young voters, especially
those they come from MDC-T strongholds in the urban areas. I can
tell you that today in Mabvuku, we had over 350 people who started
queuing at 4am to register but by 1pm only four residents had been
served as there was just one official manning the office.
areas like Murehwa, they are scores of such centers registering
thousands a day. Visit any Zanu-PF strongholds you will see how
easy it is to register,’ Nyatsanga added.
the state media, Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede said as of June
30th at least 476,313 new voters had registered, while 142,624 voters
had transferred from their initial voting centers. He said 595,746
people had inspected the voters’ roll, with 337,030 others
acquiring national identification cards. He added that total number
of names on the voters roll now stands at 6,082,302.
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