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demo outside election offices in Harare
between 1330hrs and 1430hrs a group of about 100 human right activists
under the banner of the Restoration
of Human Rights (ROHR) Zimbabwe staged a peaceful demonstration
outside the ZEC offices at the corner of Kaguvi Street and Jason
Moyo Avenue in Harare.
Their bone of
contention is that ZEC has no capacity to run a credible
plebiscite come 31st July. They further argue that even if ZEC
were capacitated to run a smooth harmonised election, the body has
disenfranchised millions of bona-fide Zimbabwean citizens because
of the flawed ZEC voter registration process which had many bottlenecks
designed to scuttle the urban vote.
ZEC released figures
a few weeks ago that Greater Harare had registered 27,000 and Bulawayo
Province 13,100 voters during the one-month long mobile voter registration
exercise. During the same period, ZEC says Mashonaland East Province
accounted for 70,000 voters whilst Manicaland had 60,000.
This has irked unregistered
urbanites who are suggesting that ZEC re-opens mobile voter registration
and allow people to register until a day before polling. They are
also arguing that ZEC should allow all Zimbabwean citizens to cast
their ballot without having registered and that a supplementary
voters’ roll should be compiled comprising the unregistered
ROHR spokesperson Mr
Kimberley Nyatsanga said they will continue to pile pressure on
ZEC to do the right thing. This is the third time since the close
of voter registration that ROHR has staged a demonstration against
ZEC. Nyatsanga says they will continue to hold demonstrations picketing
ZEC and the Registrar General's offices.
ROHR President Ephraim
Tapa declared that the election had already failed to meet the free
and fair threshold with millions in the diaspora and at home having
been denied their right to vote. He called on ZEC to avoid pushing
the country into a serious security risk by owning up to the Zimbabwe
people and the world that they had no capacity to deliver a free
and fair election let alone a credible outcome.
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