Zimbabwe to overhaul voters’ roll : Minister

Mutsekwa said the new regime in Harare was looking for funds to sponsor the exercise which would include the recruitment of a team of qualified personnel who would go through the voters’ roll to weed out invalid names due to various reasons such as deaths.

“I have personally told Tobaiwa Mudede, the Registrar General, that the current voters’ roll will not take this nation to the next elections,” Mutsekwa said in the latest edition of a weekly newsletter published by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

A local pressure group last month reported that Zimbabwe’s voters’ roll was in shambles and should be completely overhauled before the next general election to eliminate cases of multiple entries and weed out ghost voters.

An audit of the existing voters’ roll conducted by a pressure group Sokwanele unearthed several anomalies in the current roll maintained by the Registrar General’s Office.

These include a surprisingly large number of people aged 100 and above. The audit identified names of 74,021 voters aged above 100 years on the roll used in last year’s harmonised parliamentary and presidential elections.

There were also 82,456 people registered who are aged between 90 and 100 years old.