THE mandatory 30-day voter registration is yet to commence as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) will first have to embark on a week-long voter education exercise which has not started, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said yesterday.
Addressing the media after the PM had met Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau and Registrar-General (RG) Tobaiwa Mudede in Harare, the Premier’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said concerns were raised on the number of voter educators to be dispatched by Zec countrywide.
“Some are saying the 30-day voter registration has already commenced, but Justice Makarau has made it clear that it hasn’t. And, in line with the Cabinet directive, the Prime Minister reiterated that the new voter registration period should not start first. What must start is one week of voter education,” said Tamborinyoka.
“One of the concerns raised was whether the two voter educators per ward they (Zec) dispatched today (yesterday) would be able to cover the whole ward considering the space and latitude of some of the wards.”
RG Mudede said his office hoped by last night to have completed compiling a report on voter registration.
“We are going to be finishing tidying it up tonight and as soon as it is ready, it will be advertised,” said Mudede.
Pressed to comment on allegations of anomalies on the voters’ roll, Mudede was evasive.
“I don’t want to answer that. I think you should listen to the media (ZBC) tonight and hear my response there,” he said.
The state of the voters’ roll is under spotlight amid allegations that many deceased citizens were still appearing on the roll while other people had their names removed mysteriously raising suspicion of intentions to rig the polls.