MDC supporters denied an opportunity to register as voters

January 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm 1 comment

The MDC Today

Thursday, 10 January 2013
Issue – 497

Scores of MDC youths and supporters are being denied an opportunity to
register as voters at the local Registrar General’s Office (RGO) in Masvingo
town while Zanu PF supporters are being bussed in from rural areas to
register. Disgruntled MDC supporters this week said suspected party
supporters were being frustrated by way of deliberate delays and flimsy
excuses and were being turned away.

The officials however at the local RG’s Office literally fall all over each
other when Zanu PF supporters come for registration.

According to the MDC Ward 7 chairperson, Tafara Masimba, scores of party
youths and supporters from his ward were being denied access to register as
voters ahead of the next elections to be held this year.

He said officials at the local RG’s Office were playing endless mind games.
“People are frustrated because workers at the local Registrar General’s
Office are operating at a snail’s pace when our supporters approach them for
voter registration,” he said.

“We believe they want to make sure that only a handful of our supporters
register to vote compared to Zanu PF’s number of potential voters.
However we are banking on the mobile voter registration exercise to start
soon so that our youths can be able to register without any hassles,” said

Masvingo Urban legislator, Hon. Tongai Matutu assured party supporters the
mobile voter registration exercise would commence soon. “We are optimistic
the mobile voter registration exercise will start very soon,” he said.

“We have spoken to the staff at the local Registrar General’s Office and we
hope the whole process will be carried out smoothly. We heard that some
overzealous officials are turning away our members but we hope sanity will
prevail,” said Hon. Matutu.

Meanwhile, the whereabouts of William Sibanda, an MDC Youth Assembly member
in Nyamandlovu, Matabeleland North remain unknown after he was abducted
early this morning by a known Central Intelligence Organisation operative.
Sibanda was abducted at gun-point by one Chibango a CIO member early this
morning at Nyamandlovu business centre. Chibango operates from Lupane Police

The reasons for the abduction are unknown and efforts to locate him at
Lupane Police Station have been fruitless. A report has since been made at
the police station but no help has been forthcoming from the police

The continued abductions and harassment of MDC members are a well calculated
move by Zanu PF to intimidate people ahead of this year’s elections. However
the people of Zimbabwe are determined to vote for change come elections this

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