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inmates won’t vote: Makarau
The Independent (Zimbabwe)
July 12, 2013
new constitution grants political rights to prisoners, the country’s
estimated 17 000 inmates would not be allowed to vote
in the July 31 elections as the time left is inadequate for
the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to put in place logistics
required for them to cast their ballot.
Zec chairperson Justice
Rita Makarau told the Zimbabwe Independent on Tuesday that the country’s
inmates would not be able to vote.
we acknowledge that Chapter 4, Section 4.18 of the new charter
states that every Zimbabwean has the right to vote,” said
Makarau. “However, we do not have mechanisms for prisoners
to vote in this year’s elections. We have already started
engaging with relevant stakeholders to enable prisoners to vote
in future. There are many things involved before allowing prisoners
to vote, which is why, as Zec, we are saying they will not be able
to vote now, but in future.”
Makarau added that voting
is a process which includes voter education and voter registration.
“It is not a matter
of us just walking into prisons and letting them cast their votes
“Others are serving
20 years in prison; who are they going to vote for? Political parties
would have to campaign in prisons and this needs security,”
to be educated on the political environment outside prison, therefore,
all this cannot be done within the short time left.
“For one to register
as a voter, one needs to secure an identity card and establish the
ward or constituency he/she belongs to, and inmates had to go through
all the required processes in the short time given to be able to
round of voter registration commenced on June 19 and ended on July
9, and with the general elections set for July 31, those who did
not register will not be able to cast their ballots.
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