MANY LOSE OPPORTUNITY TO SHAPE ZIMBABWE’S DEMOCRATIC FUTURE
Quite a number of people failed to exercise their right to vote in the
just ended Zimbabwe referendum after failing to produce the relevant
Only people with National Identity cards and current
passports were eligible to vote, however because of lack of voter
education, most people were ignorant of the correct documentation
This trend was noted both in urban and rural as people carried
birth certificates, or photocopied national identity cards, expired
passports as well as driver’s licences to try and vote.
At Mthombowesizwe Primary school in Entumbane (Bulawayo) one eager
person was turned away after producing a birth certificate. Some
youths below 18 years but were of the idea that possessing an I.D was
eligibility to vote were also turned away.
Only those who turned 18 years on or before 15 March 2013 were eligible to vote.
At Lukhanyiso Primary in Mpopoma (Bulawayo) one was turned away
because the I.D was too old and damaged beyond recognition, while at Amhlophe in Pumula there was a similar case.
‘Aliens’ were also not spared as they were turned
away in most polling stations in Bulawayo and outlying stations.
At Cameroon Primary School in UMguza at a community that is largely
Xhosa speaking, the Habakkuk Trust Observer Mission noted at midday
about four people were turned away for having brought a letter from
the church as they did not have national identity documents.
At Esikhoveni and Mbalabala in UMzingwane a significant number of
voters who were turned away had brought birth certificates