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is yet to start mobile voter registration
Women's Institute for Leadership Development
April 30, 2013
Commission (ZEC) has refuted reports that the mobile voter registration
exercise has started. The article in The Chronicle dated 30 April
2013 has raised a lot of interest among citizens in Bulawayo who
are eagerly waiting to register to vote in the mobile voter registration
Speaking during a telephone
interview with WILD, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Deputy
Chief Elections Officer Mr Utloile Silaigwana said, “mobile
voter registration has not started, this is mainly because funding
for the exercise has not been availed to us by the Ministry of Finance.
There are also issues which are not clear pertaining the registration
of aliens. As soon as all that is clarified adverts on the mobile
registration exercise will be aired then the exercise will commence”,
he said. Mr Silaigwana said they were holding a meeting today to
clarify a number of issues before rolling out the mobile registration
exercise. He added that the newspaper articles were misinforming
Progressive Residents Association also said they had no knowledge
of the mobile voter registration exercise besides what they were
reading on papers. Ms Ntombizodwa Khumalo a resident of Bulawayo
and board member of WILD said she had visited 5 registration points
asking about mobile voter registration but there was no information
available. “ I have visited 5 wards to see if there was anything
on mobile registration but I found nothing, ” she said.
The national mobile voter
registration exercise is supposed to reach out especially to communities
in remote areas, which are difficult to access. The programme targets
people who do not have easy access to sub-offices and district registration
centres to register to vote.
will assist a lot of citizens especially women and youth who form
the majority of the unregistered population. Meanwhile, civil society
organisations are lobbying SADC and African Union, as guarantors
in the Global
Political Agreement, to ensure for a credible clean voters roll,
a condusive environment for free and fair elections and as well
as alignment of electoral laws with the new Constitution.
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