Addressing journalists at Bulawayo Press Club on Friday evening on “Voter Secrecy in Zimbabwe” Zapu’s national secretary for legal and special affairs, Steven Nkiwane said Mudede and his office should be booted out of the voter registration process.
“Mudede is liar, who is also incompetent, his office should be detached from doing voter registration in Zimbabwe, and he is also a Zanu PF member. When we met him last year in Kadoma during the Constitutional Parliamentary Portfolio Committee (COPAC) outreach programme, he told us voter registration has began countrywide. But that is a lie because right now ,if you visit any of his offices countrywide they will tell you that the voter registration process for next election has not started,” said Nkiwane.
Speaking at the same occasion Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara’s spokesperson Morgan Changamire said “Zimbabwe voters’ roll is in shambles and should be cleaned before next elections are held.”
Dates for Zimbabwe’s next elections are yet to be announced. But Zanu (PF) says it wants the polls this year. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says polls should be held only after full implementation of reforms agreed to under the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
The breakaway MDC faction led by Professor Welshman Ncube says it is impossible to hold elections this year, indicating that the polls can only be held in 2013.
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says the country needs more than US$200 million to fund both the constitutional referendum and elections.
Zimbabwe’s elections have in the past been blighted by violence and charges of vote rigging, which saw the European Union (EU) and United States slapping sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and senior members of Zanu (PF).