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Two million youths fail to register to vote

OVER two million potential voters aged under 30 years failed to register during the recently concluded shambolic voter registration exercise, while 63 out of 210 constituencies have more registered voters than the actual population in those areas, it has emerged.

Herbert Moyo

According to findings contained in a research conducted by the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) which the organisation intended to present in a more detailed discussion on Wednesday morning in Harare, a further one million people, who are either deceased or emigrated are still on the voters’ roll,

The launch was, however, blocked by the Registrar-General’s Office through a High Court interdict delivered to the organisation and Crowne Plaza, which was supposed to host the function.

This, according to RAU, means that over 29% of the total adult population is unregistered.

The report said 41 other constituencies deviate from the average number of voters per constituency by more than the permitted 20%.

RAU also found a “marked registration bias in favour of rural constituencies” generally perceived to be Zanu PF strongholds.

“The registration rate in purely rural constituencies, from which Zanu PF is regarded as drawing the bulk of its support, is thus considerably higher (94%) than that in purely urban constituencies (74%) from which the MDC formations are regarded as drawing most of their support, that is, about 20% more. This is particularly so in the over 65+ age bands,” wrote RAU.

RAU also found that some people’s names appear on the voters roll even though they have never registered to vote while the suffixes of the national registration numbers of 44 000 voters have been altered .

RAU described the interdict as “unprocedural and an abuse of the justice system and court process.”

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