ZIMBABWE ELECTORAL COMMISSION RULES OUT EXTENDING VOTER REGISTRATION

12 Jul 2013 11:19

HARARE, July 10 (Bernama) - The 30-day voter registration and inspection exercise which ends Tuesday will not be extended despite thousands of people failing to register, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said.

ZEC chairperson Justice Rita Makarau said during a meeting with political parties here that voter registration would close on Tuesday and anyone wishing to vote must register before the end of the day, Zimbabwean news agency New Ziana reported.

ZEC began a 30-day mobile voter registration on June 10 to fulfill requirements in the new Constitution.

"Voters roll for this election closes tomorrow. Any person who cannot register today will not be able to vote in this election," said Makarau.

Zimbabweans will vote in the presidential elections on July 31 to end a coalition government formed in 2009 following inconclusive elections the previous year.

Special voting will take place on July 14 and 15.

Five candidates, including President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe African National Unionâ€"Patriotic Front (ZANUâ€"PF), Morgan Tsvangirai of Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T), Welshman Ncube of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Dumiso Dabengwa of Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU), and Kisinot Mukwazhe of Zimbabwe Development Party, will contest in the poll.

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