Voter’s Roll ok: Mudede

HARARE – Zanu PF loyalist and the countr's Registrar General’s Office has dismissed recent reports alleging discrepancies in the country’s voters’ roll.

Mudede disputed claims that Zimbabwe’s Voter’s Roll is in shambles amid reports of massive discrepancies involving minor children, people over a 100 years old and deceased persons.

While expressing disappointments at such claims, Mudede also challenged those making such claims to come forward and assist his office in addressing the anomalies.

“If there are such people who do exist in our Voter’s Roll, I urge those with evidence to come forward and assist us. Our computers’ database would never take in under age voters as they are programmed to reject such discrepancies,” said Mr. Mudede.

Mr Mudede also revealed that the documentation of Zimbabweans in South Africa was done over three months and processed approximately 78 189 passport applications and to date 51 014 of those applications have been issued.

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A report published earlier this month by the South Africa-based Institute of Security Studies (ISS) said there 41,119 centenarians registered to vote in the country.

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There were officially four times as many centenarians in Zimbabwe as in Britain, the report, titled Preventing Electoral Fraud in Zimbabwe said, despite the European nation enjoying a much higher life expectancy than its former colony.

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Zimbabwe’s average life expectancy is just 34 for women and 37 for men, according to the World Health Organization.

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“You don’t want these people to attain 100 years, you don’t want them to be alive?” Mudede said.

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“The law does not say once one attains 100 years he/she should be removed. It is their right to vote unless they come to say they want to be removed. We will, however, still advise them that it is their right to vote,” he said.

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Critics have accused President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party of manipulating the list for political advantage and say it includes children and people who have long since died.

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Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC-T party want the voters’ roll cleaned up before the next elections.

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“I am not sure why he would want to defend such a shameful document,” said MDC spokesman Douglas Mwonzora. “No one serious person will spend a second defending it. How can you allow ghosts to be on a voters’ roll?”

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“As a party, we have no issues with the voters roll,” Zanu-PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo said. “We can win an election with it or after it has been re-done.”

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