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Zim voters' roll in shambles, thousands fail to cast ballots
Takudzwa Munyaka, Mail and Guardian (SA)
July 31, 2013
in the voting process has strengthened allegations that Zanu-PF,
with the help of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), wants
to steal the polls by disenfranchising people in urban areas which
are perceived to be MDC strongholds.
officers who failed to cast their ballots during the special vote
also failed to vote on Wednesday after finding their names crossed
off the roll, an indication that they had voted.
Justice Rita Makarau told journalists the commission did not have
an idea of how to deal with the police officers who were turned
away other than investigating.
investigating cases in which such officers didn’t vote because
the register indicated they voted as their names were crossed out,”
Only names of
those who had successfully cast their ballots were supposed to be
crossed off the voters' roll. Makarau confirmed some voters had
been turned away despite producing registration slips as evidence.
She said the
registration slips of those who failed to vote did not indicate
the wards in which they were supposed to cast their ballots.
all affected persons to go back and vote at any polling station
in that constituency. Their details will be recorded in a separate
record if they do not appear in the voters' roll,” she said.
who voted in previous elections, including the 2008
harmonised elections, also found their names missing from the
There have been
reports that Zanu-PF was working with a shadowy Israeli company
Nikuv to manipulate the voters roll ahead of the polls, to disenfranchise
secretary Nelson Chamisa told the Mail & Guardian that the election
process was chaotic and manipulated, citing the high number of voters
who were turned away.
disturbing us is that several people were turned away because they
were not appearing on the voters' roll. Those who were lucky to
be on the voters’ roll were registered elsewhere, in places
like Bikita and Uzumba when they are in Harare," he said.
there was a shortage of ballot papers for the presidential election
and people had to wait for several hours. There was also intimidation
of voters in Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West and Mashonaland
been difficult, but we have done our best, we leave the rest to
God," he said.
Biti told reporters
his party had not been given the voters' roll despite the polls
as we speak we do not have a copy of the voters' roll," he
said. "We had an unhappy meeting with ZEC at 12pm and I have
never seen such an arrogant bunch of people.”
Biti said there
was a likelihood that some people could vote twice because the voters
roll is in shambles. Makarau on Tuesday, however, said none of the
political parties contesting in the election had been given access
to the voters’ roll.
ZEC on Tuesday
confirmed the voters roll was in shambles, but said it was too late
to correct the anomalies.
roll is now under ZEC and there is no way we can recall the vote
registers from the 9 760 polling stations. The issue of dead voters
appearing on the voters' roll or that of twins' double entries of
the same name – let’s take them as lessons for the future,”
said ZEC deputy chairperson Joyce Kazembe.
total of 111 Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa, who
were coming home to vote, were arrested at the Beitbridge Border
Post for border jumping.
Charity Charamba said the suspects crossed into South Africa without
proper travel documents.
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission extended voting to midnight after
failing to clear all the people who wanted to vote by the 7pm deadline.
although the voting process had gone well countrywide, there were
still large queues at several centres by 6pm, prompting the commission
to extend the voting period.
She said there
were long queues in all urban areas in Mashonaland West province,
Kwekwe, Beitbridge East, Matobo South, Murehwa, Mutoko North, Mutoko
South, Mutoko East and Mutoko North.
there was an unusually high number of assisted voters in Mashonaland
Central, but said there was nothing suspicious about the development.
organising secretary however said people were intimidated to such
an extent that they asked Zanu-PF activists to assist them to vote.
enlightened people like teachers were assisted to vote,” he
not give the number of people turned away from polling stations.
She said numbers would be made available on Thursday.
problems in the voting process, she said the polls were free and
that the election is free and fair and I believe the reports that
will come out will vindicate my assessment,” she said.
believed to be Zanu-PF supporters, have been arrested after being
found with fake registration slips in Harare's Hatfield suburb.
Kazembe confirmed receiving the report.
people attempted to use fake registration slips to vote.
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