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Electoral Act
Modified February 04, 2002

Contents

PART VI

Registration of Voters

21. Claims for registration
22. Claims for transfer of registration
23. Voters’ registration cards
24. New registration of voters

21 Claims for registration

(1) Any person who wishes to be registered as a voter on the voters’ roll for any constituency shall complete the appropriate prescribed claim form and lodge it with the constituency registrar for that constituency: Provided that a claimant who, in accordance with the proviso to subsection (1) of section 20, seeks registration in a constituency in which he is not resident shall lodge his claim form with the Registrar-General.

(2) Where a claimant seeks registration in a constituency in which he is not resident, he shall provide the Registrar-General with an address in that constituency where he shall be deemed to be resident for the purposes of any delimitation of constituencies in terms of the Constitution.

(3) If, on receipt of a claim form in which the claimant seeks registration in a constituency in which he is resident, the constituency registrar is satisfied that the claimant is entitled to be registered as a voter on the voters’ roll for that constituency, he shall, pursuant to the claim form and subject to this Part, enter the claimant’s name and the particulars relating to him on that voters’ roll.

(4) If, on receipt of a claim form in which the claimant seeks registration in a constituency in which he is not resident, the Registrar-General is satisfied that it is appropriate for the claimant to be registered in that constituency, he shall direct the appropriate constituency registrar to enter the claimant’s name and particulars relating to him on the voters’ roll for his constituency.

(5) If a constituency registrar considers that a claimant should be registered on the voters’ roll for some other constituency, he shall forward the claim to the constituency registrar for that other constituency and shall advise the claimant accordingly.

(6) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the Registrar-General may direct any constituency registrar to register on the voters’ roll for his constituency any person or class of persons who—

(a) is or are registered in terms of the National Registration Act [Chapter 10:17]; and

(b) the Registrar-General is satisfied is or are qualified to be registered in terms of this Act;
and the registration of any such person in accordance with any such direction shall be valid in all respects as if that person had completed a claim form and lodged it with the constituency registrar concerned in terms of subsection (1). (7) The Registrar-General or any constituency registrar may demand from any claimant proof of identity, proof of qualification as a voter, proof of residence in a constituency or all or any combination of the foregoing.

[Subsection (7) as inserted by s. 3 of Act 2 of 2002.]

22 Claims for transfer of registration

(1) A voter whose name is registered on the voters’ roll for a constituency and who—

(a) has become resident in another constituency; or

(b) wishes, for reasons related to his place of origin, political affiliations or otherwise, to be registered in another constituency in which he is not resident; may apply in the prescribed form for the transfer of his name to the voters’ roll for that other constituency and shall submit with his application the voter’s registration card, if any, issued to him.

(2) An application in terms of subsection (1) shall be signed by the voter and sent to the constituency registrar for the constituency for which he is registered: Provided that an application for a transfer to a constituency in which the applicant is not resident shall be sent to the Registrar-General for his approval.

(3) Where an applicant seeks transfer to a constituency in which he is not resident, he shall provide the Registrar-General with an address in that constituency where he shall be deemed to be resident for the purposes of any delimitation of constituencies in terms of the Constitution.

(4) On receipt of an application in terms of subsection (1) in which the applicant seeks transfer to a constituency in which he is resident, the constituency registrar, if satisfied that the applicant is entitled to the transfer, shall—

(a) remove the applicant’s name from the voters’ roll for his constituency; and

(b) forward the applicant’s name and particulars to the constituency registrar for the constituency to which the applicant has applied to be transferred.

(5) On receipt of an applicant’s name and particulars forwarded to him in terms of subsection (4) a constituency registrar, if satisfied that the application is in order, shall register the applicant on the voters’ roll for his constituency and, as soon as he has done so, notify the voter thereof. (6) If, on receipt of an application in terms of subsection (1) in which the applicant seeks transfer to a constituency in which he is not resident, the Registrar-General is satisfied that it is appropriate for the applicant to be registered in that constituency, he may direct—

(a) the constituency registrar for the constituency in which the applicant is registered to remove the applicant’s name from the voters’ roll for his constituency and forward the applicant’s name and particulars to the constituency registrar for the constituency to which the applicant has applied to be transferred; and

(b) the constituency registrar of the constituency to which the applicant has applied to be transferred, on receipt of the applicant’s name and particulars forwarded to him in terms of paragraph (a), to register the applicant on the voters’ roll for his constituency and, as soon as he has done so, to notify the voter thereof; and the constituency registrars concerned shall comply with any such direction.

23 Voters’ registration cards

(1) Subject to subsection (3), on the registration of a voter in terms of this Part the constituency registrar shall furnish him with a voter’s registration card in the prescribed form.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), on the transfer of the registration of a voter in terms of section 22 the voter shall be issued with a voter’s registration card by the constituency registrar of the constituency to which he has been transferred.

(3) If a voter has applied for registration in terms of the National Registration Act [Chapter 10:17] and been issued with—

(a) a notice in writing in terms of subsection (1) of section 7 of that Act; or

(b) an identity document in terms of subsection (2) of section 7 of that Act; he need not be furnished or issued with a voter’s registration card in terms of this section.

24 New registration of voters

(1) The President may at any time, by proclamation in the Gazette, order that there shall be an entirely new registration of voters and in such proclamation shall fix—

(a) the day upon which such new registration shall begin; and

(b) the latest day upon which claims and applications for registration shall be received, which day shall be not less than six months after the day fixed in terms of paragraph (a).

(2) Any person who, immediately before the day of publication of a proclamation in terms of subsection (1), is registered as a voter on the voters’ roll for any constituency shall be entitled to be registered on the new voters’ roll for that constituency without completing a claim form but merely on submission of a written application in the prescribed form to the constituency registrar for the constituency in which he was so registered.

(3) Where, during the period between the dates fixed in terms of paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (1), a person described in—

(a) paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section 32 or the spouse of such person is residing outside his constituency in terms of paragraph (a) or (e) of that subsection; or

(b) paragraph (b), (c) or (d) of subsection (2) of section 32 or the spouse of such person is residing outside Zimbabwe in terms of paragraph (b), (c), (d) or (e) of that subsection; such person may, in his written application in terms of subsection (2), describe as his residential address for the purposes of registration on the new voters’ roll the place at which he was residing immediately before he ceased to reside in his constituency and he shall be entitled, subject to this Act, to have his name registered on the new voters’ roll for the constituency in which such place of residence is situated.

(4) A person who, immediately before the day of publication of a proclamation in terms of subsection (1), was registered with the approval of the Registrar-General in a constituency in which he was not resident may, in his written application in terms of subsection (2), provide the address which he provided in terms of subsection (2) of section 21 or subsection (3) of section 22, as the case may be, and he shall be entitled, subject to this Act, to have his name registered on the new voters’ roll for the constituency in which such address is situated.

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