MDC-T raises alarm over slump in voter registrants

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A mock exercise by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on the use of the biometric voter registration kits in Mabvuku, Harare.

THE main opposition MDC-T yesterday implored its supporters not to ignore the ongoing biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise amid reports that some party members were no longer keen on registering as they now anticipated a deferred election following Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent inauguration as Head of State.

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MDC-T Manicaland chairman David Chimhini confirmed the issue yesterday, saying they were worried over the low figures recorded at BVR centres in the province over the past two weeks.

‘’We decided to meet as the province to review the biometric voter registration progress in the province. We wanted to clear the air on the issue of transitional government following speculative reports that there is going to be a transitional government in the next four to five years,’’ he said.

‘’Our supporters have developed laxity and we are not happy about that. Elections are there and let’s continue to prepare for the elections and we are advocates for a free and fair election, so we are reinvigorating our supporters to go and register at all cost,’’ he said.

Chimhini challenged Mnangagwa to walk the talk and improve the economic situation in the country.

“We don’t want intimidation and let’s hope that President Emmerson Mnangagwa would walk the talk. He has a point to prove as we are still hoping for electoral reforms among other issues,’’ he said.

Chimhini added that the MDC-T was happy that the first hurdle of removing former President Robert Mugabe from power had been achieved.

Mugabe resigned last Tuesday following pressure from the military, general populace and Zanu PF.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Comment…Reasons for.Mugabes resignation as STATESMAN appear distorted or.maybe new definition.of STATESMAN is needed, IN THE CIRCUMSTANCE!

  2. We need free and fair elections under the supervision of UN as done in 1980 because Mnangagwa is part and parcel of zanu pf and their same tune is still going on.

  3. Iyo BVR registration yacho sei isiri kusvikawo muGoromonzi district specifically ward 20,21 etc?
    We were used to register at Nehanda school,Rusununguko,Goromonzi turn off.Whats going on?Do we have to go to Harare or Marondera to register? I asked counsellor of the area but it seems is not even aware of whats going on.

    • Comment…kana kuno kwa Bhora (Juru) veBVR vakangouya kumamisha ari some 10km away. Seems the urban and semi urban are going to be deliberately disenfranchised. Its a ploy

  4. It is the fault of the MDC leadership in not coming out clear on whether they will join a coalition or not.First agree among yourselves then make a definitive announcement to your supporters!!Time does not recognise your squabblings, it will tick on!!

  5. HEY MUSAGADZIRIRA VANHU NYIKA IMI VANHU VE MDC. MUKAPINDA MU INCLUSIVE GVNT MUNENGE MARATIZA KUSAFUNGA . HATIDI ZANU PF ISU YAKAKUNDIKANA KUDHARA …… MUGABE AISASHANDA OGA AISHANDA NEMAMWE MATSOTSI AKASARA MUZANU IRIPOM IYOYO. VANA CHINAMASA IMBABVHA IDZO EVEN IYE GARWE WACHO ANE HUTSINYE HUNOTYISA

  6. THERE IS REASONABLE GROUND FOR MDCT,ADC ALLIANCE AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES TO ASK ZEC TO EXTEND THE BVR VOTER REGISTRATION CITING THE RESTRICTIVE MOVEMENT AND SECURITY CONCERNS THAT WERE OBTAINING DURING THE PAST THREE WEEKS.

  7. I don’t understand why Zimbabweans and ALL political parties (except for ZANU PF) cannot see that what has happened in this country has given them the best opportunity since Independence in 1980 to freely express themselves in choosing whom they want to lead Zimbabwe in future. The President clearly said the elections will go on as scheduled. He is not bluffing. He urgently and desperately needs them held in order to fully legitimize himself and the “coup”, should he win them. These next elections will be the most free and fair we’ve ever had in this country and whichever political party falls asleep in campaigning and in giving voter education to their supporters will lose and cannot raise a fuss about it. The President and his party cannot afford to be seen by Zimbabweans (who gave a clear helping hand in his ascendance) and the whole world (which he is urgently courting to invest here) to have meddled in the elections to favour himself. He cannot blatantly Nikuv these elections! ZANU PF will go full force to have their supporters registered AND vote, and right now they are already miles ahead of the opposition in this quest, while the opposition sits there ichongovukura, ichingovukura!

  8. MDC T leadership should take advantage of the calm situation obtaining in rural areas and campaign vigorously so that they open up the minds of the rural folk about the BVR registration

  9. @Max Malaba that was just well said. Besides, lets face it, who else could have given us such a swift change. Even if you are not ZANU PF this time you have to appreciate the power that the current president showed – not even one opposition leader could do this since 1980 yet they now want to take over because someone paved the way for them. Voting, yes we will, but we vote for a promising individual not just a change of Party!

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