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  • Zimbabwe's Elections 2013 - Index of Articles


  • Voter registration material runs out in Bulawayo
    Tichaona Sibanda, SW Radio Africa
    July 04, 2013

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    The continuing saga of problems plaguing the voter registration exercise descended into a farce when materials ran out in Bulawayo on Thursday.

    Long queues had been forming outside the registration centers as potential voters made a final dash to add their names to roll, with just five days left before the month long exercise comes to an end.

    But the forms that people use to fill in their details ran out in the country’s second largest city.

    Officials from the Registrar-General’s office next to the Drill Hall were left with no alternative but to turn away hundreds of fuming residents who had queued since morning.

    Lionel Saungweme, our correspondent told us that many residents are complaining that voter registrars have been notoriously slow. This has led to some irate members of the public walking out of the exercise following long delays standing in queues.

    Saungweme said residents have been telling him that there should be no rush into election without fair adequate registration of people, saying consequences of such actions might be catastrophic.

    On Wednesday we reported that 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 infuse the electoral system with transparency and accountability as well as increasing public confidence in the democratic process.

    The continuing saga of problems plaguing the voter registration exercise descended into a farce when materials ran out in Bulawayo on Thursday.

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