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Zanu-PF trying to rig the elections through the voters roll
for Democratic Change
The MDC is greatly
outraged at the attempts by the Registrar General's Office to rig
general elections in Zimbabwe through the blatant manipulation
of the ongoing voter registration exercise.
General's office has denied the MDC any information regarding the
voter registration centers throughout the country while making that
information available to Zanu-PF. In those rare cases where the
information regarding the voter registration centers has become
known to the MDC, partisan officials of the Registrar General's
office have embarked on systematic delays in commencing the voter
registration process thus frustrating the prospective voters in
mobile voter registration exercise was supposed to target prospective
voters mostly in the rural wards, the Registrar General's Office
has completely ignored most rural wards in this exercise.
In most of these
chosen wards MDC members are systematically kept in the dark regarding
the actual dates, venues and times for the voter registration exercise.
in rural areas are being denied the chance to register because they
cannot afford to pay the exorbitant fees being demanded.
people are being asked to fork out US$5 to secure national registration
cards which would enable them to register as voters while the so
called “aliens” are being turned away, or asked to pay
a staggering US$40.00 in order to get new registration cards.
what was announced as the cabinet resolution prospective voters
in rural areas are being asked to produce letters from traditional
leaders as proof of residence. Most of these traditional leaders
have been intimidated by Zanu-PF to deny these letters to known
MDC supporters. Resultantly thousands of people have been turned
away from the voter registration centers.
MDC supporters have had their names deliberately deleted from the
voters roll while some have had their names posted to voters’
rolls of other constituencies. This deliberate confusion is meant
to deny the people registered on the voters’ roll the chance
to vote. In some provinces, government vehicles are being abused
to ferry known Zanu-PF members to registration centers while those
who are perceived to be MDC members are turned away.
The MDC position
is that the Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede, who is notorious for
rigging elections for Zanu-PF should have nothing to do with the
mobile voter registering exercise and that as provided in the GPA
the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) should assume responsibility
for this vital process.
The MDC cannot
accept a voter registration exercise designed to disenfranchise
the some people in Zimbabwe. The clandestine manner in which the
current mobile voter registration process is being conducted is
It is clear
that the current exercise cannot produce a credible voters’
roll meaning that it is incapable of resulting in a free and fair
election. MDC reiterates its position that it is ready for free
and fair elections at any time. However, no elections must be called
on the basis of the current voters roll.
We totally reject
the current voters roll as currently constituted. We demand complete
and transparent audit of the voters roll with the participation
of all the stakeholders.
are ready for a new dispensation, an era of genuine transformation
and will turn out in their numbers to register to vote despite attempts
to frustrate them. Change is nigh. No weapon designed to drain our
people shall prosper any more for the wheels of change are on course.
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