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Parly summons Mudede

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REGISTRAR-GENERAL (RG) Tobaiwa Mudede will today appear before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence and Home Affairs to speak on the voter registration exercise.

REPORT BY SENIOR PARLIAMENTARY REPORTER

Voter registration is scheduled to begin today. Defence and Home Affairs Committee chairman Paul Madzore on Friday confirmed the development.

“We want to be able to ascertain the preparedness of the Registrar-General’s Office to get people registered as voters after we encountered a lot of problems during the first exercise,” said Madzore.

“The committee wants to know what the RG’s Office has done so far in terms of improving their services, issues to do with their budget — whether they have been given money — and what they are going to do to ensure people do not encounter problems to register as voters.”

He said other issues to be raised during the meeting, include those to do with acquisition of identity documents, birth certificates and how the RG’s Office will deal with the so-called aliens.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has also been asked to appear before the committee on Wednesday in a joint sitting with the Parliamentary Thematic Committee on Peace and Security.

Madzore said Zec would be asked to explain the voter registration exercise, budgetary issues and election preparedness when they appear before the two committees. He said the committee had since been given the green light to tour different provinces to investigate how voter registration was being administered.

This comes after members of the committee a fortnight ago accused Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma of trying to thwart those investigations.

“We have since solved our problems with the administration of Parliament and will now embark on a tour of different provinces in the country to see how voter registration is being conducted. We need to gather information from people through public hearings. The public hearings will be held outside voter registration points,” he said.

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