Mudede summoned over voter registration

HARARE - Registrar General, Tobaiwa Mudede has been summoned by the Parliamentary portfolio committee on Defence and Home Affairs to brief it on the work his office is doing concerning the voter registration exercise ahead of harmonised elections.

Mudede is working hand-in-hand with Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) in the preparation of cleaning up the voters roll.  

Chairperson of the portfolio committee, Paul Madzore said the meeting will be held on Monday next week.

“We want to know the state of the Registrar General’s office in preparation of the voters’ registration and whether people are acquiring their national identity cards and birth certificates,” said Madzore.

He said the RG’s office plays a critical role in the holding of free and fair elections.

“The committee wants to play its oversight role in ensuring that we have credible elections, and this is why we are inviting all key stakeholders in the elections.”

Madzore who is also MDC MP for Glen View South Constituency said they had received confirmation from Melusi Matshiya, the permanent secretary in the ministry of Home Affairs that he and Mudede would appear before the committee next week.

The RG’s office is preparing to start a fresh 30-day mobile voter registration provided for in the new Constitution beginning Monday June 10, ending on July 9.

Madzore said his committee intends to embark on a countrywide tour next week to monitor the voter registration exercise.

The committee together with the portfolio committee on Peace and Security will also meet Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) boss Justice Rita Makarau who will give an update regarding the electoral body’s preparedness for the much anticipated elections.

President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai are yet to agree on the dates for the critical exercise despite the Constitutional Court ruling last week that the elections are to be held by July 31.

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