14 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Makone Defends Registrar General's Office

Home Affairs co-Minister Theresa Makone has warned the public to desist from making false claims that the Registrar General's Office is turning them away from registering as voters. Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Minister Makone said most of the people who made the complaints never visited the RG's office and it was not the duty of the RG or Government to take people to registration centres.

This comes at a time the private media has been awash with reports that MDC-T youths and supporters in various places countrywide were being turned away from registering as voters, while some registration officials were frustrating them by deliberate delays and flimsy excuses.

The reports also said Zanu-PF supporters were being bussed in from rural areas to register.

Said Minister Makone: "What we want is to have all eligible people registered as voters. The question of who takes who to the registration centre is not our duty. Whether one flies or is bussed to a registration centre is not a problem because all Zimbabweans should vote. People should not complain without visiting the offices to get registered. It is not the RG or Government that takes you to the registration offices."

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