16 April 2013

Zimbabwe: Magwegwe MP Raps R.G's Office

press release

Bulawayo — Hon Felix Magalela Sibanda, MP for Magwegwe yesterday castigated the Registrar General's office here for frustrating, intimidating and chasing away potential voters who seek to register to vote in the city.

Speaking during a meeting organised in Magwegwe to evaluate the voter registration trends during the constitutional referendum and to come up with proper ways and assistance for people who have not registered to vote.

"We are disappointed with the voter registration officials who are frustrating our people so that they fail, to register votes. We urge our members to demand this right and ensure that as many people as possible register to cast their ballot," Hon Sibanda said.

Hon Sibanda also said after the referendum party members are likely to be complacent and smart on the glory of the yes vote at the expense of the next election. "We thank you for voting Yes in the referendum but do not forget the Brand- President Morgan Tsvangirai," Hon Sibanda said.

Thousands of MDC supporters have been turned away from voter registration centres for no apparent reason.

At the Tredgold building registration has been reserved for the army, police force and members of Zanu PF bussed from Umguza by Obert Mpofu the Minister of Mines and Mining Development.

In other registration centers officials have adopted a go slow strategy which has only caused people to turn back and go to their homes.

The MDC condemns this out-rightly outrageous conduct by officials employed to ensure that the right to vote is given to each and every Zimbabwean without fear or favour.

The MDC takes this as serious disenfranchisement which serves to reinforce Zanu PF rigging machinery ahead of the forth coming elections. We however encourage our people not to fall for the Zanu PF trap to discourage potential voters. People should remain focused on completing the last mile towards total transformation.

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