Voter registration winds down amid frustration

HARARE – Mobile voter registration wound up on Tuesday, leaving thousands of unregistered Zimbabweans. 

Thousands of people overwhelmed registration offices. At Market Square and Makombe Building in Harare, many expressed  frustration at failing to register to vote.

At most centres, they continued limiting the number of people who could register.

In Masvingo, our staff writer Godfrey Mtimba reports that thousands were turned away while others were frustrated and gave up.

There were long winding queues at Masvingo District Administration offices and the General hospital where registration was underway.

Voters said officials at the Registrar General’s office were slow and inefficient, claiming it was a deliberate ploy to frustrate youths.

Arnold Batirai, Elections Resource Centre Masvingo provincial coordinator, said thousands of young people’s right to vote in the coming polls was violated by deliberate efforts by staff at the registration centres.

“The registration exercise has just come to the end when hundreds of thousands of youths failed to register,” he said. “There were deliberate efforts to do this by the staff such as, being very slow, leading the wannabe first-time voters to spend days in queues until they were frustrated and  gave up. Their rights to vote have been violated,” said Batirai.

Zivanai Muzorodzi, spokesperson for Community Tolerance and Reconciliation Development (Cotrad), said the mobile registration exercise was not done properly as in some rural areas the people did not even know that there was an exercise like that underway in their communities.

“Some political parties in the rural areas monopolised the exercise and registered their supporters while turning away those suspected to be from their rivals,” said the spokesperson.

Comments (10)

The exercise only failed in mdc areas otherwise someone is boosting of over 30000 new voters in Uzumba. Something must be done urgently before the frustrated voter take it to the streets

Suluman - 10 July 2013

With Tsvangirai having prospects of an 85percent landslide according to the biggest and latest survey so far, it shall take rigging of Goerge Chiweshe proportions to take this one away from MDC.T

Ullulations - 10 July 2013

Please political parties do something Institute a court case with the supreme court our rights to vote are being violated

munhu - 10 July 2013

If there is no national outcry then ZANU will just win because they made sure their people registered. Today ZEC is showing list of voting centers but who will vote when you turned us away? Why are there more voting stations than registration centers? This is so unfair! Civic society must cry foul

Unregistered - 10 July 2013

Put massive concourt cases right across all urban centres with petitions of over 5000 signatures of unregister voters per city. This will workup ZEC and Concourt!!!!!

Musharukwa - 10 July 2013

ALL THOSE WHO FAILED TO REGISTER PLEASE GO TO THE CONSTTUTIONAL COURT

andrew mavhura - 10 July 2013

This is the problem with Zimbabwe, everything seems to be done to frustrate someone...I hear postal voting (for the police etc) is allocated 2 days but the harmonised election pencilled for 31st Jul will take place in 1 day. abt 170 000 pple vs million plus voters on the 31st. kana kutevedzera mutemo kwacho, zvimwe we need to be proactive, foresee the need and act now within the law!

Tatanga - 10 July 2013

Voter registration was done from April to May then ZEC said they should run from June to July 9. Why do people leave things to the last moment? Why did all these political parties not tell their voters to register? Mugabe called for elections since 2011, were the politcians sleeping and forgot to conscientise their members? Now they are blaming ZEC and saying all sorts of things and yet they are in my opinion at fault. Wake up guys and stop crying at every turn.

Kissnot - 10 July 2013

Its Tsvangirai who is the idiot. he must have received a contradicting prophecy maybe explaining why he is quiet. But the day he is going to lose by a mere 100votes thats when he shall realise its you who make prophecy true or false. Zim constitution says a winner should have 50%plus 1voter

Edna - 10 July 2013

The truth is that most people in urban areas are a boring lot. They dont want to do things in time but they wait for the last minute opportunity to do so. I strongly believe that those who wanted to register got that opportunity and registered as voters. In Zengeza at the Head Office, there were barely 10 people queuing to register as voters when i went there but there were several people on the last day. Most urban people are boring and complain for nothing. Rural folks spare a day to visit the centers and leave their children herding their livestock in order to register.

KM - 11 July 2013

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