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ZEC must scrap proof of residence requirement

By Obert Chaurura Gutu

A democratic, free and fair election entails that all eligible voters, without exception, are not deliberately and/or unnecessarily disenfranchised through a cumbersome and difficult process of registering as voters.

Obert Gutu
Obert Gutu

As such, ZEC should immediately recall the draft statutory instrument that will make it mandatory for all prospective voters to produce proof of residence. It is a fact that the majority of urban dwellers are lodgers and tenants who will not easily have access to proof of residence such as utility bills etc.

For the record, the MDC would like to state that it is one of the several stakeholders that strenuously argued against the planned move to make it mandatory for people to produce written proof of residence before they can be permitted to register as voters. In fact, the party wrote a letter to the ZEC chairperson, Rita Makarau, on April 20, 2017, making our party position on this crucial issue abundantly clear. We advocate for a system whereby people must be allowed to register as voters as long as they can affirm their places of residence during the voter registration exercise.

We are acutely aware of the fact that the Zanu PF regime is already sensing a crushing and humiliating defeat in next year’s elections and as such, they are trying to influence ZEC to make it extremely difficult for most people, to register to vote. It is trite that dictatorships thrive on voter apathy as well as on voter demotivation and intimidation. The MDC will not allow ZEC to unconstitutionally usurp the right of all eligible Zimbabweans to register as voters.

We take this opportunity to, once again, call upon Zimbabweans, particularly the youth, to ensure that they register to vote as soon as ZEC commences the voter registration exercise. We are marching to a resounding and historic victory and we are very confident that a new dawn is about to arise in Zimbabwe. We should not be discouraged from registering to vote simply because the Zanu PF regime is trying every trick in the book to derail the people’s march to victory. The people’s victory is guaranteed as long as we turn out in our millions to register to vote as well as to cast our vote on polling day.

MDC: Equal Opportunities For All
Obert Chaurura Gutu
MDC National Spokesperson

  • proof of wat vlldges don’t have dos shirt

  • when did it started . it must be scrapped becoz us in rural areas do not have those

  • Wy this time

  • In rural Chiefs will vet you first then recommend you

  • Tantamount to rigging

  • Make a plan baba

  • Madness at its highest level who are u trying to get reed of the youth or

  • What if Uzumba people register again in Mt Pleasant without proof of residence,,, munozochema Nani??

    • If they want they still would do that. Everyone has a right to vote. If they are saying they are using a computerised system what is their fear. That’s denying people their right to vote. What If people are on the streets after they have demolished their properties. Should they not vote because they dont have a proof of residence. That’s denying our right to vote

    • The BVR system will cater for double reg. Why? Coz yr finger print and yr face will be scanned so the issue of proof of res is simply a ploy by ZANU PF to ensure urban folk find it difficult to register.

  • Why shuld ZEC nid a proof of residence yet I will be possessing my national ID on registration?

    • Have to find out how many of you at that house too. For taxing reasons too. It’s a norm in developed countries saka prove your legitimacy 😂 zim majaira zvemahara😂

  • What If l leave at Mukuvisi river?

  • asina imba has vhote????

  • Is there any proof of residency in rural areas

  • That’s nonsense.

  • A person will just vote were he registered period.

  • The id document is enough proof of residence

  • Kuchema too much,you are complaining kuti people are being bused,nxa

  • For as long as Mugabe is alive no one wins. Don’t know why we still have to bother ourselves and try to vote just leave the old man do he’s thing

  • I actually thought proof of residence means better accountability.
    Is it really Zanupf thats afraid here kana kuti its the opposition..?