Registration 'delaying tactics' rile voters

HARARE – Hundreds of first-time voters in most urban centres have accused the Registrar General of employing “delaying tactics” in the ongoing intensive voter registration exercise.

The disgruntled aspiring voters, most of whom are youths, told the Daily News that officials from the Registrar-General’s office were denying thousands of prospective voters their right to register.

Most centres have capped the number of people who can register to 120 per day.

In Waterfalls in Harare, only 200 people were being attended to by the officials with a bulk of those wishing to vote being sent back home.

The Daily News has been inundated with calls from disgruntled voters.

“We are being turned away by these officials who are saying they can only attend to not more than 200 people per day,” said one caller from Waterfalls.

“It means that by the end of their three days here, only 600 people would have been registered as voters. What about others especially the youths?”

Aspiring Waterfalls councillor Cephas Zibute said the situation in his ward was pathetic as hundreds of aspiring voters were going to miss out due to the delaying tactics.

“It is very bad what is happening here. People are being denied their right to vote,” Zibute said.

The delay in the voter registration process also forced MDC Women’s Assembly chairperson, Theresa Makone together with party activists to petition the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission demanding that normalcy prevails.

The women groups who joined Makone said Registrar General ?Tobaiwa Mudede should put in place, mechanisms which will allow more women to register to vote in the next elections.

Thousands of women who have been disenfranchised by the slow process in registering to vote in the coming elections marched in the capital this week before presenting their petition to the Zec chairperson, Justice Rita Makarau.

In their petition, the women groups said they wanted to register and demanded that the voter registration exercise must be conducted in a gender-responsive manner.

Comments (5)

Do not Given in people RAMBAYI MURIPO PAMA REG CENTRES . God Willing We will vote

true zim - 6 July 2013

yesterday + or - 300 people failed to get inside the gate at Glenview 6 Pry to register.this is excluding those who returned home.i fear many potentially MDC T fans will be this also note vote rigging

jurist - 6 July 2013

Time is fast running out..why not outsource staff from the civil service like they did during the referendum and get this out of the way....? If one potential voter fails to register..... is this not sufficient grounds for calling the election not free and fair? You could put these guys on a 24 hour four by six hour shift in urban centres where it seems problem is more prevalent.. Now if you register 200 and 300 are sent back on a daily basis, can the management of this not see something is VERY wrong here? Why not bring in more staff from regional centres to beef up the teams?

gutter poet - 6 July 2013

This is a classical delay tactic used by the powers that be,let's endured the process. Youth of today and make a difference in our future, taneta nekungocomplainer without doing anything about it...the future is outs

Kaycee - 6 July 2013

Those few voters Mudede registers are MDC-T supporters. We shouldn't worry.

Gondobwe - 6 July 2013

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