New constitution binds ZEC to another 30-day voter registration exercise
The mobile voter registration exercise ended Sunday amid an outcry from all corners of the country that the exercise was poorly conducted and dismally failed to meet demand. The just-ended 20-day programme, which was controversial from the start, ran from April 29th until May 19th with revelations that registration teams only covered a third of the country’s 1,958 wards. Last week cabinet called on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to announce a fresh voter registration exercise, to be preceded by a massive voter awareness and publicity campaign.
Responding to the Herald report, the MDC secretary for legal affairs Senator David Coltart said the article was misleading regarding both the voter registration exercise and the timing of the election. Coltart explained that the voter registration exercise was not at the discretion of ZEC, but that the Commission was required by law “to conduct a special and intensive voter registration and voters roll inspection exercise for at least 30 days” after the new constitution has been signed.
The new constitution is now awaiting Presidential assent, followed by publication in the government gazette. The 30-day period will start from the time it is published in the Gazette.
He further slammed the state media for persisting “with the increasingly ridiculous proposition that the election can somehow be held in June”.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SW Radio Africa