We can’t afford 30-day registration — Mudede

REGISTRAR-GENERAL (RG) Tobaiwa Mudede yesterday said his department did not have enough money to be able to abide by the new Constitution stipulating that voter registration takes place for at least 30 days per ward.

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Mudede said instead, the voter registration exercise, which began countrywide yesterday, would take place for only three days per ward.

The RG disclosed this yesterday when he appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence and Home Affairs chaired by Glen View South MP Paul Madzore, after being quizzed by the committee to state whether or not he would be able to deploy enough staff for the 30-day voter registration period. According to the new Constitution of Zimbabwe, voter registration should take place for 30 days in each of the 1 958 wards.

“Yes, we cannot afford 30-day voter registration per ward because we do not have the money,” Mudede said. “We were supposed to do registration per ward, but if we do not have sufficient money we will be unable to do so.

“The method that we are following this time is that all districts will be visited by four teams, which means they should be able to cover all wards in a particular district.”

He added a cluster strategy would be used in urban areas where after completing voter registration in one ward, the registration team would move to another cluster.

Mudede, who was accompanied by Home Affairs secretary Melusi Matshiya, said the RG’s Office had budgeted $13 million for the exercise, but were given $4 million during the first voter registration exercise and another $4,4 million for the current exercise, resulting in a deficit of $5 million.

“We expected that money would be coming from Treasury, but we still have a balance of $5 million.  Ward-based voter registration became impossible because of money.  If we had the money, we would have started six months ago.  We categorised and said if we did constituency-based registration, it would need $94,5 million, district-based registration would need $33,1 million and ward-based registration $104 million.  So far we have 5,8 million people registered,” he said.

Last Wednesday, Finance minister Tendai Biti told the House of Assembly that Treasury had disbursed $20 million to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for the voter registration exercise. The RG denied allegations there were some people, including ministers, who suddenly found their names off the voters’ roll.

“All the reports that names were removed proved to be false.  I will not give you the information because it is confidential.  A person is only removed from the voters’ roll through death or through court processes by a magistrate,” he said.

Mudede said some of the challenges his department was facing included shortage of equipment like cameras, vehicles and generators.

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26 Comments

  1. itai kana mazuva anokwana vaMudede momirira mari iwanikwe then u continue from where u wld have left. wats.hapana chekumhanyira lol

    1. We are waiting for you Tobaiwa. Kana vanhu vako vatongosvika kuno hapana kwavanoenda tisati tapera kuregister.

  2. and what about the funds being collected by the RG’s office on a daily basis, remember that office is retaining 100% of the income why not use that money.

  3. How do we know when the team will in which ward? Mudede marwadzo chaiwo.

  4. How do we know when the team be will in which ward? Mudede marwadzo chaiwo

  5. This mobile ward based voter registration must be mainly confined 2 rural areas bcoz rural pple can’t afford bus fare 2 town 2 register. In towns, pple just board kombis for R5 to reach Registra-Gen’s offices. But Mr Mudede, 3days dzanyanya kuit shoma, dai mati at least 2wks. Mave kubira kuendaka.

  6. Henaro ! Hurdles ! Hurdles ! Hurdles !

    1. @Puppet…and more hurdles!

    2. We need equal treatment both in rural and urban. Voter registration must be ward based pliz chitsotsi hatidi. Uye we need our full 30 day registration period as per constitution of Zimbabwe hatidi munhu anoda iye kuva supreme law pachake saka va Mudede ne ZEC follow the 30 day rule no short cuts isu taramba

  7. Tobaiwa zvedu isu regai tinyarare

  8. Now that’s enough ammunition for other parties and NGOs to contest the Constitutional Court’s judgement. This time it’s elections in 2015 until the new constitution is implemented, funds are found and outstanding issues are ironed.
    They are going home come rain or sunshine.

  9. Yatotanga mbavha inonzi Mudede!

    Please God let HIM die!

  10. So clearly the country is ill prepared and ill equipped to do a credible poll. ZEC and Registrar General have confirmed. Its only sensible to first put adequate resources together then we go for an election. Ungatanga kubika sadza revanhu jahwi iwe uchiziva kuti hupfu hwacho haukwane here.

  11. Angazi ukuthi ngumkhulu kabani lo inja yomahamba yedwa umkenkethe ongenamazinyo sikathele ngawe nxaha swan

  12. Baba jukwa vakataura kare kuti voter registration ndopanenyaya yose ende murume uyu anonzi mdede, ndoo area yake saka mamdcs svinurai vakomana.

  13. what does mudede mean when he says names were not taken out of the voters roll. in 2008 my name was not there. it was taken out. i had been voting since 1980, but because his office thought that i was not zpf my name was taken out. it was not me alone mr mudede you know it. this is sometimes done in conjuction with zpf members register. mudede and the cio personnel in his office have both the voters roll and the zpf members register. he should not lie. how can an old man like him lie to the whole nation like that. is he so much selling his old soul for zpf. please our dear old people you cant continue doing this. this country is so hungry for leaders who care. leaders who are not going to protect evil through lies and people’s suffering. mudede you know very well that you removed a number of voters who you suspected were going to vote agaist zpf. your masters and cios told you to do that. the totemless people of mbare call by your was an instruction to you to do that.please dont lie to the nation, old please dont,its so dangerous for old people like you.

  14. if we cant afford it why, why try it? why go to an elections when people who are to vote cannot vote. its stupid isnt it. NGO MDCS ZAPU MAKONI, ETC.what do you say about it. until the right thing is done we the children of the soil will support you when you say no to shame elections.remember when first the senate was introduced and tsvangirai said no most of us did not vote, unfortunately ncube went in and did not listen to us in the name of party constitution. the people want the correct thing.

  15. This man is at the centre of the Zpf rigging machinery. Ane PHD yekuba maelections.

  16. morgain is more

    HEZVO UKO BWA HEZVO UKO BWA. WOZODEI VABUDA PACHENA KUTI HAVADI ZVIDO ZVEVANHU MAZPF AYO AKUTYA KUENDA KUMISHA KANA TIKANGO VHOTA. ASI UNONZWA VACHITI MDCS VARIKUTYA.

  17. Maboora ngoma eMDC-T anofunga kuti politics kudya sadza nederere, kwete! Politics is a dirty game with rules and regulations, kana wafunga kudya imbwa wotodya iri hono yacho. There is no demoracy which will come on a silver plater, unotokunya kuti dzisimbe. Zvenyu zvekufanga kuti muka popota sitereki mangwana acho moto muka maakutonga kwete, hakuna zvakadaro . Kunoshandwa madhodha! Pasi nembwende! Icho!!!

  18. Hamuna mari sei? Ko ye ngoda iripi?

  19. Ko vanhu ngavavhote sezvavakaita muna 1980 pasina voter’s roll otherwise nhau iyi ingatoshungurudza vanhu vemuno muZimbabwe.Munhu ngaangoende nechitupa chake chete period!Pakadii apo veukama?

  20. MUDEDE HAS SPOKEN,ILL PREPARED,LOGISTICS & FUNDS THIS GNU IS A JOKE,WHEN WILL WE HAVE A RESPONSIBLE GVT, ALLOW DÙAL CiTiZENSHIP FOR THE DIASPORA TO HELP DEVELOP ZIMBABWE.

  21. pliz god let him die ,kkkkkkkkkk

  22. REALLY ZIMBOS WE ARE A JOKE, THE GNU IS DSYFUNCTIONAL, AFTER 4 YEARS WE ARE NOT READY FOR A NATIONAL ELECTION, AYA NDO MATUZVI CHAIWO, OUR CITIZENS AT HOME & ABROAD ARE MISSERABLE ,SOON AT THIS RATE CHAOS & MAYHEM WILL ENGULF MUGABES COUNTRY(YES ITS HIS UNLESS HE IS DISABLED),!!!PROUDLY ZIMBABWEAN.

  23. Its not for you to decide whether you can afford the 30 day registration or not, you donkey. You are a mere civil servant. Dont act big, you fool. Afterall you are past retirement and are clinging to that post you “handiende” stupid.

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