NewsSouthern AfricaZimbabwe fine-tunes voter registration ahead of polls

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Posted on Monday, 29 April 2013 13:29

Zimbabwe fine-tunes voter registration ahead of polls

By Janet Shoko

Zimbabwe on Monday began a 21 day voter registration blitz as the country inches closer to a crucial general election.

 

Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede in a statement said the mobile voter registration exercise would end on May 19.

The blitz would cover national identity registration, voter registration and inspection of the voters' roll across the country.

President President Robert Mugabe and his rivals have been haggling over the voter registration exercise, which has been delayed by lack of funds.

Last week Treasury released $8 million for the exercise that marks the beginning of preparations of polls Mugabe wants held by June 29.

The veteran ruler's opponents argue that the voters' roll is in shambles as it contains names of elections, the voters' roll had 5 934 769 people who dropped to 5 589 355 in November 2012, only to rise to 5 651 600 dead people and children who are not eligible to vote.

Mugabe's party has also been accused of rigging previous elections using the flawed register.

According to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), the number of registered voters stands at about 5,7 million after the recent striking off of 345 400 names of deceased people, while over 60 000 new voters were registered.



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