Jomic to monitor voter registration

THE Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) is mobilising resources to monitor the ongoing voter registration exercise amid admissions by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) that the programme has been chaotic.

Report by Nqobile Bhebhe

Confusion has characterised the exercise which on Monday saw Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai battle to register his 18-year- old twins to vote for the first time.

Ordinary citizens have also been battling to register as voters with scores of residents being sent away by Zec officials over lack of sufficient proof of residence, despite Cabinet directing officials to waive some of the requirements.

People classified as aliens have also not been spared despite another directive that they be registered as citizens of Zimbabwe.

There are concerns Zec presently has no capacity to effectively undertake such a massive voter registration exercise ahead of what analysts bill as watershed polls expected to bring closure to the acrimonious government of national unity between Zanu PF and the two formations of the MDC.

After successfully monitoring the March referendum on a new constitution, sources told NewsDay yesterday that Jomic, a creation of the Global Political Agreement, has set its sight on monitoring the ongoing voter registration exercise with a view of advising relevant electoral officials and bodies, including Zec, on how to move the process forward.

Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, who holds the revolving chairpersonship of the monitoring body, yesterday said Jomic would start monitoring the voter registration process, but had been hamstrung by lack of resources.

“We are looking at mobilising resources to monitor the exercise, that is despite the fact that it is due to end on the 19th of this month” she said.

Misihairabwi-Mushonga said with the coming of a new constitution, there was a provision for another 30-day voter registration exercise, which the body will monitor.
On Tuesday, Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau said the body was considering rolling out another phase of voter registration.

Makarau said she was “disheartened by the nature of the whole exercise”, adding that there was need to reorganise and restrategise.

Meanwhile, Zanu PF has made a U-turn and seconded 10 provincial liaison officers to Jomic, seven months after the other parties had done so.

Each party was mandated to submit a list of 10 members, but Misihairabwi-Mushonga said Zanu PF had not given an explanation for the change of heart.

“Has Zanu PF ever given any explanation for its actions?” she asked. “They are ashamed by their actions not to second members.

“They are fully aware that an extra-ordinary Sadc summit is coming soon, so they do not want to add the Jomic issue onto their long list of transgressions, hence they want to seem to be co-operating,” Mushonga said.

11 Comments

  1. The RG office is not carrying out any voter verification for those who hv participated in past elections arguing that we do it at political parties offices whom they say bought voters roll.

  2. jabulanikulekani

    Ya!

  3. All it takes is for money to be channelled to the sections. I know there is a lot os mistrust but the RGs department are the ones who have the equipment and resources. If this is true that they were only given 300 thousand out of the 4 million just think of the officers'(out of town) allowances, transportation,materials? For how many days can that sustain an election. Without laying blame on anyone i feel Financial resources should just be released in full to the relevant sections then we can see who is at fault.

  4. mutunda shuga

    u JOMIC guys ur always seen ur cars at beer place

  5. not jomicplease, they are toothless dogs against zanu pf.

    1. @sammy- jomic will only add extra costs and CONFUSION..we were really excited when they said they were finally going into the sunset..If they failed in their own mandate what makes THEM think they can do better here.?.No No, everybody else but NOT Jomic!!! The solution is right there staring us in the face..retire the current RG, he is past retirement age anyway and get someone preferably from the private sector to head this body and use one week for intensive training for the current staff and then release them into the field..it should take no more than a week to get everybody registered, we did the census in less. How we proceed with this will determine how seriously we view this. STOP GIVING incompetents the cover by saying they are ZANUPF, they are NOT. They are just incompetent louts, period.

  6. Maybe this eletion will brin light love and reconcilliation to us Zimbbawean looking for jos in such desperation. I got appointed after posting y CV on http://www.inchis.com. Othewise i wud be stl jobles

  7. JOMIC …..using our tax money for mahala and doing nothing .we haven’t heard any report but people are being tortured,intimidatedin the hands of Zanu Pf.what actually is your job …nonsense.kkkkk

  8. JOMIC JOKERS! A waste of resources!!!!

  9. registration centres

    1 Market Square
    86 Mbuya Nehanda Street, Harare.

    2.Hatfield sub office
    Hatfield District Office, Harare Municipality, Corner Elgin and
    Fairfield Roads, Harare.

    3.Highfield sub office
    Highfield Community Centre, near Zimbabwe Hall, Corner 51st and
    Main Streets

    4. Kuwadzana Sub office
    Holland Old Farm House, Kuwadzana 6, Harare.
    5
    Mabvuku Tafara
    Former Wenela Offices in Chizhanje Community Services, Chizhanje
    Area, Harare.

    6. Magaba Sub office
    Employment Exchange, Corner Rudd and Harare Street, Harare.

    7.Mount Pleasant Sub office
    Mount Pleasant District Office

    Harare Municipality, 88 The Chase,
    Harare.

    8.Harare Central Hospital
    Harare Central Hospital, Old Block Out Patient Department.

    9.Parirenyatwa Hospital
    Parirenyatwa Hospital, Mazowe Street Entrance Harare

  10. I havent seen these mobile voter ‘registers’ but told they are thru

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