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Press statement on the voting process - 31st of July, 2013 harmonised
July 31, 2013
Resource Centre wishes to commend the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
for holding the
31st of July harmonised elections in a relatively peaceful manner.
of Zimbabwean citizens today cast their vote in the 2013 harmonised
elections, unanswered questions remain as to the electoral processes
in the pre-election and Election Day. While the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission announced their readiness to hold the election to the
media yesterday, the voter’s roll was only ready for collection
by political parties this afternoon. The MDC-T claimed two days
ago that no political party other than Zanu-PF had access to the
Election Resource Centre received mixed reports on the voting process
throughout the country. Voting largely was progressing according
to plan, however the following negative incidences were noted;
- Late opening
of polling stations
- Slow pace
of assisting aspiring voters in some urban polling stations
- High number
of assisted voters recorded in rural areas
of ballot papers in some wards
- First time
voters denied the chance to vote as they were not appearing in
the voter’s roll and their registration slips had missing
There was near
chaos at Zaoga Church polling station in Dzivarasekwa and Hopley
polling station in Harare South constituency, Harare Province. The
chaos was being fuelled by the slow pace of voting which resultantly
left aspiring voters agitated. In Harare again, Glen View 3 primary
school close to 300 first time voters who registered during the
second mobile outreach programme were allegedly turned away as their
names were not appearing on the voters roll. However, the report
further indicated that some people who did not appear in the roll
but had registration slips were allowed to vote.
voters who had not registered to vote or had not been allowed to
vote found themselves on the voter’s roll. A citizen’s
report from Crisis Coalition indicated that a couple who had not
been allowed to vote due to their citizenship status as aliens in
the 2008 elections were in fact on the voter’s roll in their
wards. A 27-year-old young man in Mount Pleasant found his name
on the voter’s roll by chance having never registered to vote.
A high number of people were turned away across the country as they
had attempted to vote in the wrong wards.
A report from
Muzarabani North alleged that a one Godfrey Magaya was intimidating
voters through verbal threats of retribution if the voting outcome
is not favourable to his party.
Central, Mapanzure primary school, Chief Mapanzure refused to leave
the polling station because his name was not on the voter's roll.
At Gwanda Zintec and Jahunda primary, a few people could be seen
casting their votes. In Kwekwe, voters were turned away for not
appearing on the voter’s roll even after they produced their
valid registration slips. In Goromonzi South, Ward 9, Ruvheneko
1 and 2 Polling Stations, ballot papers ran out before lunchtime
effectively cutting short the process of voting.
Resource Centre is concerned with numerous reports emanating mostly
from rural areas of a relatively huge number of voters who claimed
to be illiterate and were assisted to vote. The long winding queues
and the near chaos which was witnessed in centres like Hopley Farm,
in Harare South are also a cause of concern. In conclusion, as voters
continue to troop to polling stations to cast their votes, the Election
Resource Centre urges the responsible authorities to intervene and
facilitate the smooth voting of all registered citizens. The Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission should ensure that all those individuals who
seek to vote are allowed to exercise their vote even beyond the
stipulated closing time.
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