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Voters Roll Irregularities Irk MDC-T as Mobile Registration Kicks Off

  • Thomas Chiripasi
  • Jonga Kandemiiri

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says it has unearthed some irregularities in the voter registration exercise which it believes undermine the prospects of free and fair elections expected to be held sometime this year.

Addressing a news conference at the party’s Harvest House headquarters Monday, MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, accused Zanu PF of working in cahoots with the registrar general to disenfranchise people of their right to vote in elections expected to be held sometime this year.

Mwonzora said Co-Home Affairs Minister Theresa Makone’s name was among those that were not on the voters’ roll.

He said Makone’s name was only entered onto the roll after raising a complaint with registrar general Tobaiwa Mudede.

Mr. Mwonzora added that his party had received information suggesting that some prospective voters were being asked by authorities to pay some money to have their identity documents processed.

The MDC-T spokesman said anomalies in the voter registration exercise will be raised with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the Southern African Development Community and the African Union.

VOA failed to get a comment from Mudede and ZANU PF spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo.

Meanwhile, Zanu PF lawmaker Simbaneuta Mudarikwa of Uzumba said the mobile voter registration exercise kicked off Monday to a good start in his area.

But MDC-T lawmaker for Mbizo in Midlands, Settlement Chikwinya, said the registrar general’s office failed to publicize the voter registration exercise.