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Zimbabwe Mobile Voter Registration Continues at Snailing Pace

  • Chris Gande

The mobile voter registration exercise which kicked off on a sluggish pace Monday and continued Wednesday with reports indicating that fewer people took advantage of the Worker’s Day holiday to register or inspect the voters roll.

Co-Home Affairs Minister, Kembo Mohadi, said the exercise was launched despite financial constraints.

He said: "We want as many people as possible to vote because this is the only way for their voices to be heard. The mobile voter registration will go a long way in increasing the number of people that are going to vote in the coming elections and we will give the Registrar General's Office all the necessary support."

Some people, especially in the rural areas, complain that lack of publicity is affecting the exercise, which also allows those without official documents like birth certificates and national identity documetns to obtain them.

The voter registration exercise is expected to resolve problems with the voters’ roll which political parties complained was not being properly updated.

Spokesman, Nhlanhla Dube of the Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Industry Minister Welshman Ncube said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and the Registrar General’s Office have failed to provide the iterinary of the mobile registration units, making it difficult for people to know when and where to expect them.
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