Monday, July 08, 2013

(NEWZIMBABWE) Prove poll fix claim, Mudede tells MDC-T
02/07/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

REGISTRAR General Tobaiwa Mudede has challenged the MDC-T to inspect its systems and prove allegations that plans are underway to fix the next elections.

Mudede said Tuesday that his office and its systems were open for inspection by all interested parties as he revealed that the country’s registered voters had now reached more than six million.

“Those who are worried on what we do are free to come and see our systems,” he said. “It is not proper for us to discuss those issues in newspapers,” Mudede told a press conference in Harare.
Zimbabwe is due to hold fresh elections to choose a substantive government at the end of this month.

But the MDC-T and other political parties have expressed concern over the state of the country’s voters’ roll as well as the way in which the current registration exercise was being carried out.

"Clearly the voters roll is a shambles. The registration is often chaotic and frustrating in urban areas and we see this as an attempt to rig the elections before voting has even started," MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said.

Party leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai also urged Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chair Justice Rita Makarau to investigate allegations of the involvement of a firm said to be linked to Israeli intelligence services in in the on-going voter registration exercise.

Meanwhile, Mudede said the more than 400,000 new voters had registered to vote increasing the number of people on the voters’ role to six million.

He rejected criticism by political parties that the process was too slow.
“As at June 30 2013, the total voter population recorded stands at 6 082 302,” he said.

“(Our officers) are not slow; they are examining a variety of things. Our people are working hard and in some cases they have gone as far as 10pm,” he said.

“Reports that we are registering 100 people at some centres are not true. There has been a lot of registration and the average number of people we are recording is 400 per day.”

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