Voter registration: Zesn calls for more time

ZIMBABWE Elections Support Network (Zesn) today called for Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to extend mobile voter registration by at least a week after many potential voters failed to get registered particularly in urban areas such as Harare and Bulawayo.

Paidamoyo Muzulu

The national election observation body said the failure by potential voters to register was mainly caused by limited time the mobile teams spent in each ward, slow processing of people, lack of adequate personnel to carry out the exercise and inadequate voter education.

Zesn in the statement added that the 30-day intensive voter registration process received very little publicity.

“ZESN therefore calls for an extension to the mobile voter registration process by another week and the development of a supplementary list to enable new registrants to vote in the harmonised elections,” the statement said.

ZESN said its staff members and volunteers on the ground witnessed many potential voters spending long hours in queues at Kambuzuma Community Hall, Marlborough High, Market Square in Harare, Zaloba primary school in Chiundura constituency, Phumelelo primary school in Mkoba, Gweru, Rusunguko High School in Shurugwi, Lobengula Secondary School in Bulawayo and Fairbridge Primary School in Umguza.

Zesn further implored Zec to seriously consider uploading the official updated voter’s roll on its website to enable people to check and inspect their names in addition to holding a comprehensive voter education exercise for the harmonised election.

The election preparation is at an advanced stage with all participating contestants having filed their nomination papers a fortnight ago and starting campaigns in earnest despite concerns of inadequate that the government may not have enough funds to cater for the polls.

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