Armed police stormed the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Harare and disrupted the planned launch on Wednesday of a report detailing serious flaws in the voters’ roll to be used on July 31.
The police told managers they were enforcing a High Court order granted by Judge Joseph Mafusire in an application by Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede to stop the report by the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) being publicised.
RAU’s lawyers said they would contest the interdict, arguing that it was based on wrong information. RAU director Kudakwashe Chitsike said the organisation wanted to launch its own report on the voters roll and not “launch the voters roll” as claimed by Mudede.
The RAU investigation, commissioned by the MDC-T, made what some said were shocking findings that:
* in 63 constituencies, there were more registered voters than inhabitants;
* “There are nearly 1 million potential voters aged under 30 years who are unregistered”;
* “There are well over one million people on the roll who are either deceased or departed”;
* “40 constituencies deviate from the average number of voters per constituency by more than the permitted 20 %”.