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Zimbabwe Election Authorities Again Extend Voter Registration Deadline

Zimbabweans continued to register to vote and inspect voters rolls on Thursday after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and the Registrar General's office announced a further 24-hour grace period on top of a previous extension of nearly one week.

The Electoral Commission had announced through the state-run Herald newspaper that registration and inspection of voter rolls would conclude on Wednesday.

But the Herald on Thursday quoted Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede as saying registration and inspection would continue through Thursday. The further extension was also announced to the nation on state television late Wednesday.

Chairman Noel Kututwa of the Zimbabwe Election Support Network told reporter Carole Gombabkomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the conflicting statements reflected the confusion in the electoral process ahead of ballots set for March 29.

Elections director Dennis Murira of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change faction led by Morgan Tsvangirai said that although the extension was needed, many would-be voters may not have benefited from the last-minute announcement.

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