The Movement for Democratic Change today appointed a three-member team led by secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora to engage the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and the Registrar-General’s office to ensure that the 2018 elections are not rigged.
It also urged Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede to register all Zimbabweans especially those in urban areas which are generally considered to be opposition strongholds.
Mudede announced yesterday that his office is launching a nation-wide registration of citizens to issue birth certificates, death certificates and machine readable national identify cards from Monday next week.
In a statement today MDC-T presidential spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka said the party’s anti-rigging unit met for four hours today and appointed a three-member team, led by Mwonzora, secretary for elections Murisi Zwizwai and the party’s chief of staff, Sessel Zvidzai to discuss the logistics for next year’s elections.
Earlier, party spokesman Obert Gutu issued another statement urging Mudede to be fair during the registration exercise.
“The planned national mobile registration exercise should be designed in such a manner that no eligible person would fail to obtain the new machine–readable national ID,” Gutu said.
“Millions of Zimbabweans, in both rural and urban areas, are still holding onto their metal national IDs and it is, therefore, incumbent upon the Office of the Registrar–General, to make sure that this exercise is efficiently and effectively rolled out countrywide.
“It is a notorious fact that Tobaiwa Mudede has previously been linked with allegations of aiding and abetting the ZANU- PF regime’s vote rigging shenanigans.
“Perhaps rightly so, Zimbabweans somehow believe that there could be a sinister motive behind the Registrar – General’s planned move to roll out the national mobile registration exercise at this juncture.”
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