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IDs only required for voting in the next Referendum
Institute for Leadership Development
February 22, 2013
of Zimbabwe has scrapped the use of the voters' roll in the
Referendum instead prospective voters will be required to produce
their National Identification documents to vote.
a telephone interview with Women's Institute for Leadership
Development (WILD), Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Minister,
Hon Eric Matinenga confirmed the development which is likely to
see millions of Zimbabweans above the age of 18 voting on the proposed
Constitution. The proposed date
for the Referendum is 16th of March 2013.
said that for one to vote in the Referendum, they are to provide
proof that they are citizens of Zimbabwe.
one is going to vote, they need to bring their identity document
that is what they will present to the polling agents so that they
can vote. Like in any election, those who fail to provide their
Identity Documents would not be allowed to vote" said Minister
Matinenga. He said members of the public, coming to vote will be
allowed to cast their votes for or against the Draft
Constitution from any polling station irrespective from where they
come from. He added that a Drivers' Licence is not adequate
proof that one is a Zimbabwean citizen.
to avoid a situation whereby people vote twice, we will use the
ink, which we normally use to guard against such," said Minister
Tendai Biti recently revealed that the United Nations had responded
to Government's request for funds to the tune of $250 million
to finance the Referendum and the harmonised Elections.
WILD with other
women's movements continue to lobby for pieces of legislation
that promote gender equality and women's inclusion in public
platforms and in decision-making. The new Constitution may birth
a new era for women's leadership in Zimbabwe. It is their
choice to go for or against the Draft Constitution, also must be
reminded that opportunities such as this are rare to come by.
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