Multimedia:CSOs demand fresh voter registration

CIVIL society organisations (CSOs) yesterday demanded that the voter registration exercise be held in line with the provisions of the new constitution.

REPORT BY WONAI MASVINGISE

Representatives from 50 CSOs made the call just days after the chaotic mobile voter registration exercise ended on Sunday.

In a joint statement read by Zimbabwe Elections Support Network (Zesn) chairperson Solomon Zwana, CSOs said the just-ended mobile voter registration could not replace the 30-day constitutionally mandated voter registration expected when the new constitution takes effect.

“Stakeholders should have unfettered access to the process, particularly CSOs pursuing their legitimate functions of sensitising (and) mobilising citizens to participate in the process,” he said in Harare.

Zwana said legal instruments guiding the issue of “aliens” and the issue of affidavit as proof of residence had to be publicised in order for the public to have full knowledge of the process.

“As a precondition to the aforementioned exercise, the public must be adequately informed of the process, and the requirements and the modalities prior to the commencement of the process,” Zwana said.

He said during the mobile voter registration exercise, CSOs spotted inconsistencies in procedure and requirements between voter registration centres.

“Some centres turned away prospective registrants who were ‘aliens’ or had opted for an affidavit as proof of residence, while some centres accepted prospective registrants in similar circumstances. Some centres were not issuing registration slips, asking prospective registrants to collect the slips the following day at a different centre,” Zwana said.

Zesn director Rindai Chipfunde Vava said CSOs had approached the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to discuss their position in carrying out voter education and monitoring the process.

“In terms of clearance, Zec yesterday (Monday) said there is no need for clearance. For voter education, they said they are ready to receive our applications to get clearance,” Vava said.

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12 Responses to Multimedia:CSOs demand fresh voter registration

  1. Baaachinja1 May 22, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    I ws turned away cz my birthcert- is smudged after a few utterances which were meant to embarras me.

    • john May 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      Very good if your documents are unclear they should not be accepted, get decent documents, co,mplaining in the press wont help.

      • kedo May 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

        Don’t waste your time talking politics. See how a Zimbabwean teenager girl became a millionaire just by selling dog insurance. Very interesting. Go to (THECHEAPESTDOGINSURANCE.COM) to see the various methods and companies she was using to do that (THECHEAPESTDOGINSURANCE.COM). A simple idea but very realistic. Dog insurance is more expensive than the insurance for human beings because any dog is a potential danger. WAKE UP AFRICANS. Don’t waste your time talking politics.

  2. Mthu May 22, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    voting registration must be repeated. Period!! we want to register because we were denied the chance!

  3. Asylum May 22, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    @Baaachinja1, do you mean you wanted 2 register using a birth certificate? Don’t put registration officers into temptation. Bring the required documents kwete kungowawata zvisina basa.

  4. xyz May 22, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    the process was flawed and in most constituencies there were only two centres ,i stay in Pumula South and the registration was on friday and saturday which are working days for some of us ,i went as far as Entumbane to try and register but to no avail

    • kedo May 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      U Don’t waste your time talking politics. See how a Zimbabwean teenager girl became a millionaire just by selling dog insurance. Very interesting. Go to (THECHEAPESTDOGINSURANCE.COM) to see the various methods and companies she was using to do that (THECHEAPESTDOGINSURANCE.COM). A simple idea but very realistic. Dog insurance is more expensive than the insurance for human beings because any dog is a potential danger. WAKE UP AFRICANS. Don’t waste your time talking politics.

  5. Tsemura Chokwadi May 22, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Redo the voters registration. No rigging this time

    • Dave May 22, 2013 at 10:49 am #

      Asylum haunakunzwisisa. People are being asked to bring Long Birth Certyficates, ID, and proof of residence. The Birthcertificate is a requirement to prove citizenship. Kongo omesa zvinhu chete. Ndopanenyaya yacho

      • john May 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

        Well if you don’t have a birth certificate – you have a real problem

      • Asylum May 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

        I’m a registered voter who didnt use a birth cert 2 register as a voter & l didnt hear them anouncing possession of a long birth cert as a requirement. I know this as a requirement 2 take an ID. H/ever l’ll verify whether it’s true. I encourage yu pple 2 put maximum effort 2 b registered.

  6. john May 22, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Concerning the propaganda article, delaying the election wont change the outcome – ZANU will still win.

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