‘Some names are missing on the voters roll’

Posted on May 3 2013 - 1:09am by admin

By Samuel Takawira

HARARE – The MDC-T has called for transparency in voter registration amid reports that the Registrar General’s office was conducting a fraudulent process. Party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora accused Zanu PF of falsifying the voters roll to disenfranchise voters.

Mwonzora showing evidence that Zanu Pf is tempering with the voters roll (pic by Samuel Takawira)

Mwonzora showing evidence that Zanu Pf is tempering with the voters roll (pic by Samuel Takawira)

“Some names are missing on the voters roll while some are appearing but they are incorrectly spelt while some are in different constituencies and this is designed by Zanu PF disenfranchise some voters,” said Mwonzora.

Mwonzora further exposed the trickery  revolving around the voters roll when he revealed that in Harare North ward 18, a voters roll was purchased on the 15th of April with 151 pages and 8305 voters two days later the same voters roll had 183 pages with a total of 10 076 voters, adding that a difference of 1 771 was recorded.

He questioned the pace with which the voter registration had been going makes this practically impossible in one ward. The Nyanga North legislator added that Mobile voter registration has commenced with Zanu PF not adhering to the agreed reforms.

“We have received reports about people forced to pay money so as to replace identity cards which is contrary to the statement by the minister of home Affairs that no one should pay for this service during the voter registration period,” he said.

He went on to say that the Register General is playing with the minds of Zimbabweans and they will end up floating multiple voters’ rolls in the country. He called for a democratic and transparent voter registration process.

“We demand a transparent voter verification exercise in which all political parties and all stakeholders must be allowed to access the voters roll any time in a democratic manner,” said Mwonzora.

He also vowed that his party was not going to take part in elections on the basis of an indeterminate voter’s roll which Zanu PF and the Register General are conniving to falsify. The MDC-T spokesperson promised to take action against the lunacy growing in the Register General.

“ We are going to take this up with ZEC as it is the one responsible for elections not Tobaiwa Mudede, we are also going to engage SADC and the international community on the matter,” said Mwonzora

  • Bibi

    I’m ignorant on this, but could someone tell me about the electronic type of voting that is used in other countries, like the one that was used in Kenya, would it help? I know that there were still some slight problems with it, but wouldn’t it remove some of our problems? I was of the opinion that since the system is now computerized it would do like in other countries whereby individuals are automatically entered into the roll by the computer, and then automatically removed by death register, loss of citizenship or anything else that disenfranchises. Any ideas Samuel?