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  • RG’s office cause chaotic situations at voter registration centres
    Movement for Democratic Change
    May 08, 2013

    Hundreds of Harare residents who have besieged the voter registration centres in Dzivaresekwa and Glen View suburbs are failing to register as there are acute manpower shortage and delays, which have seriously affected the process.

    The move has disenfranchised some of the residents as they cannot cope with the long queues and standing in the sun for long periods as a result of the chaotic situation which is being created by the officials from the Registrar General’s Office.

    At Glen View 2 Primary School, police had to be called in to quell the situation after the residents were angered by the delays in registering voters by RG’s officials.

    The two registration centres in Glen View and Dzivaresekwa Polyclinic are being manned by only six officials each. Most of the people gathered at the Dzivaresekwa Polyclinic failed to register yesterday while the team was at Dzivaresekwa Hall and were told by the RG’s officials to come today to the polyclinic.

    But by up to this afternoon they had not registered. On Tuesday, at the Malborough High School in Harare, there was a highly suspicious and covert deployment of soldiers only a few metres from the school where the mobile voter registration centre for Harare West was taking place.

    Similar chaotic situations are reported to be taking place across the country.

    The MDC is greatly outraged at the attempts by the Registrar General's Office to rig the upcoming general elections in Zimbabwe through the blatant manipulation of the ongoing voter registration exercise across the country.

    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 registration exercise and that as provided in the GPA the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) should assume responsibility for this important process.

    The MDC cannot accept a voter registration exercise designed to disenfranchise some people in Zimbabwe. The clandestine manner in which the current mobile voter registration process is being conducted is totally unacceptable.

    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.

    Zimbabweans 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 detract our people shall prosper any more for the wheels of change are on course.

    The MDC continue to call on the people of Zimbabwe to remain steadfast and vigilant in the face of these challenges as we march towards a new Zimbabwe which will bring real transformation to the lives of many.

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