Mudede defends district-based voter registration
Intensive voter registration — provided for by the Sixth Schedule Part 3 Section 6 (3) of the new Constitution — began on May 23, the day after the publication of the new Constitution and escalated with the introduction of the mobile component yesterday. This makes today the 20th day of intensive voter registration which is running concurrently with the inspection of the voters’ roll. Appearing before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence and Home Affairs, Mr Mudede said efforts to get enough money from Treasury had proved fruitless.
“Because we were given money at the last minute, we have had to categorise. “We calculated what we would need for the ward-based exercise and we had US$104 million.
“We calculated with ZEC on what would be needed if it was done on a constituency basis and it was US$94,5 million, while the district-based exercise came to US$33,3 million.”Mr Mudede has since dispatched four teams per district to carry out the registration and inspection of the voters’ roll. The RG’s office received US$4 million during the exercise that was held in May, instead of US$8 million and for the current exercise it received US$4,4 million, with a balance of US$5 million.Mr Mudede said he was confident that they would cover the whole country and register every person intending to vote in the harmonised elections expected by July 31.
He said aliens would be registered if they bring documentation showing they were born in the country.Those who took citizenship of other countries, but now want to restore their Zimbabwean citizenship had to get resumption of residence from the immigration department by filling a restoration form, said Mr Mudede. “Restoration (of citizenship) is there, but one has to follow procedures,” he said.
“The first port of call is the immigration department. Mr Mudede denied allegations that MDC-T supporters were being removed from the voters roll.The mobile voter registration and inspection of the voters roll went smoothly in Harare yesterday.
In Chitungwiza, registration started at Huruyadzo shopping centre with teams also expected to move to other centres. Harare and Chitungwiza have a combined 44 centres.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Herald