MPs move to start fresh voter registration

HARARE - Members of Parliament yesterday adopted a motion to start a fresh and new mobile voter registration exercise countrywide to ensure that every citizen is allowed to register as a voter.

Legislators across the political divide supported a motion moved by MDC MP for Mbizo Settlement Chikwinya who asked government to restart the mobile voter registration.

Government embarked on a mobile voter registration exercise which began on April 29 to May 19, 2013.

Chikwinya said the registration had not been adequately advertised and that not enough centres were provided for.

Zanu PF chief whip Joram Gumbo said the programme was meant to benefit voters in the rural constituencies who had missed out on the exercise when it started.

“It is not correct that the programme was organised to exclude MDC supporters, it also affected Zanu PF supporters as in my constituency in Mberengwa the message was left with Chiefs who did not convey it to our supporters. As parliamentarians we support Hon Chikwinya’s motion,” said Gumbo.

MDC legislators led by Warren Park MP Ellias Mudzuri claimed that they witnessed many of their supporters being turned away during mobile voters’ registration. Mudzuri said he ended up seeking audience with Tobaiwa Mudede, the Registrar General and Lovemore Sekeramayi, Zimbabwe Election Commission Chief election officer.

He said the registration exercise is of paramount importance in the preparation of a voters’ roll which is a key determinate factor of the general election.

The MPs encouraged minister of Finance, Tendai Biti to provide adequate funding of the programme.
The new Zimbabwe constitution which was passed by Parliament last week provides for a 30 day voter registration.

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