“As an MP you cannot get information, but as an accredited observer, yes, you can get it. You cannot talk of candidates as of now because as of now we have no candidates, we are simply registering voters,” said Justice Makarau. Justice Makarau said village heads could not be used as commissioners of oath because at law they were not recognised for that purpose.
“Only those who are legally recognised as such would be required to do that. Only those people, by virtue of their offices would be required to perform the role of a commissioner of oaths. I know that as soon as lawyers are registered they are recognised as such,” she said. Justice Makarau said they would continue monitoring the situation to see if there was need to increase the number of registration centres in a given ward or area.
Legislators had complained that there were fewer registration centres in some areas particularly in Harare and Bulawayo, something that delayed the process. Some also wanted to know if it was permissible to go and register while wearing party regalia. “We are currently registering about 104 people per kit in Harare, which is the largest number so far. We are watching the situation closely to see if there is additional need to increase the kits.
“This is just voter registration and it does not recognise political colour. You can be wearing green, red but not your political party regalia,” said Justice Makarau. She said ZEC would produce a provisional voters roll to allow people to inspect their details before compiling the final roll. She added that the registration slips being issued after registration were merely to allow prospective voters to inspect the voters roll and would not be used for voting.
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