300 000+ turned away at Zim polls

2013-08-08 14:49

Harare – At least 305 000 Zimbabwean voters were turned away and 206 000 received assistance from election officials during last week's disputed vote, organisers said on Thursday.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said nearly 3.5 million people cast their ballots in the 31 July polls, which extended President Robert Mugabe's 33-year rule.

The commission's statistics show the largest number of voters, 64 483, were turned away in the capital Harare.

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Urban areas have long been a stronghold of Mugabe's rival Morgan Tsvangirai, who claimed the vote was rigged.

Regular voters were reportedly turned away because their names were missing from the voters' roll, they were registered in another ward or they did not have adequate identification.

But independent poll monitors have reported widespread manipulation of the roll and said the real number of disenfranchised voters could be much higher.

The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) said over 750,000 urban voters were missing from the electoral list, in what they described as "a systematic effort to disenfranchise an estimated million voters".

"A total of 99.97% of rural voters were registered while only 67.94% of urban voters were registered," said Solomon Zwana, chairperson of ZESN.

Rights groups say police forced some people they believed to be opposition supporters to feign illiteracy and seek the assistance of police officers or polling officials, with their votes going to Mugabe.

Zimbabwe has the highest literacy rate in Africa.

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  • Unknown - 2013-08-08 14:56

    It's interesting what "free and fair" means to some people. Especially ZANU-PF. They have such an ego they didn't even hide the rigging. Come on Zimbabwe. Fight for your rights. Let's get rid of this old idiot and actually start your country and lives. It's enough now!

      Unknown - 2013-08-08 14:58

      What is interesting. Even with countless dead voters AND de-registering voters he still only won by 66%! Does he have that little support and the majority still do nothing?!

      Jimmy Khuzwayo - 2013-08-08 15:02

      Do not speak of the unknown. You just expose your stupidity.

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-08-08 15:11

      only a fool will follow the unknown

      Mansoor Bakhasab - 2013-08-08 15:13

      Unknown, Mugabe won by a 'landslide' even your own media has said it. Don't come with your western propaganda here - this is Africa and soon you will see the logic that is Sir Robert Mugabe.

      Unknown - 2013-08-08 15:36

      Are you guys truly that blind to see a man like Bobby Mugabe, with the large ego that we ALL know he has. He said about a week before the election that if he loses he would step down quite willingly and without a fight. When have you EVER seen him not fight for something? Fight for his freedom, patriarchy etc. Suddenly he is quite happy to walk away. Come on. Use a bit of intellect and realise that he knew it was rigged all along and there was not even a chance that he was going to let anybody win. Also if they were free and fair. Who cares for an outsiders opinion. Let them come see how you won well and then be happy and invest in your country and save your people from utter, dire poverty. Nope instead all we get is childish retorts so it's quite obvious that there is PLENTY to hide. I want Africa to help itself. I fully agree with that. We must sort our own problems out here and not bow to China or the West. Unfortunately a few are undoing the rest...

      Mansoor Bakhasab - 2013-08-08 15:44

      Unknown you are just full of contradictions. You say Africa must sort out its own problems but then you want somebody 'outside' to come and see if the elections were free and fair. Secondly, you refer to Zimbabwe's elections as a problem, but I saw a free and fair election with Mugabe overwhelmingly winning the vote and the people of Zimbabwe out in force voting for our esteemed Sir Robert Mugabe.

      Eugene Fourie - 2013-08-08 15:57

      Blah blah blah..if the whole world had to "give" back land that was occupied by its original inhabitants there would be very few places most of us modern folk would be able to go...such a childish freaking argument really.

      Unknown - 2013-08-08 16:03

      Firstly there is no contradiction. I say we should sort out our problems. Where you mislead yourself is the way I have worded it. I am not saying we base ourselves on outsider opinions but I am saying let them come see. It doesn't matter as we will still continue as their visit was inconsequential due to the election or whatever being open, free and fair. So whether they have an opinion or not it is still us sorting out the problem. No contradiction. Africans sorting out africans problems - west and east might observe if they want to but they play no part. You are 1 person and you say you observed the whole country? This is the 5th report, all from different sources, I have seen of the zim elections being neither free or fair. This has come from NGO's, Zimbabweans, outside observers, SADC observers (830+ of them) etc. If it was just point source then yes, question it's validity. But this many is hardly western propaganda as none of the sources are from the west, all from inside Zim. Carry on being blind and let China rape your countries resources and leave. The west shun you, the east steal from you and all you have is nothing, not even a currency. Yep Bobby is doing well for you.

      Punungwe - 2013-08-08 16:52

      Now the figure is down to 300 000 from one million. Still not enough to give Tsvangirai a victory, assuming they all intended to vote for him, because he was beaten by a million votes. I would still love to see a breakdown of those turned away by 1: those whose names did not appear at all on the voters roll 2: did not have adequate identification 3: were referred to another ward. Most of group 3 would have probably voted Some of group 2 would also have voted presuming they had forgotten IDs at home or brought the wrong type of identification. In all three cases the voters themselves were primarily responsible for ensuring that they were registered, that they carried the correct identification and that they new which ward they were registered in. According to some analysts, Zanu-PF distributed copies of the preliminary voters roll used in the referendum, to its branches in some cases and asked its members to check and make sure they were registered. On the other hand the MDC were making noises about the 'final voters roll' if there is such a thing because people are being born and maturing every day. I wonder how the final votyers roll would have helped them, if they had not asked their members to ensure they were registered by inspecting the preliminary roll that was available. It just show the difference in class between the two parties.

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-08-08 17:50

      Man some of these zim guys are real .ick heads. If u cant handle criticism piss of back to zim what u doing here in the first place.

      Capt D.a.power - 2013-08-09 00:08


  • Solly Nobel - 2013-08-08 15:01

    media stories....even today they say mandela is breathing normal, i wont be fooled ANYMORE mugabe won the elections the rest is history. like it or not!

      salvador - 2013-08-08 16:54

      Mansoor it was NOT endorsed as fair. Even SADC would not go that far. They declined to use the word "fair'

  • Dinny Mills - 2013-08-08 15:07

    The Urban voters now live in rural South Africa

  • Jimmy Khuzwayo - 2013-08-08 15:09

    In any country if you are not on the voter's roll you will not be allowed to vote. I voted in Harare. With so many cameras and journalists in Zimbabwe during the elections, we would have seen if someone was genuinely denied the chance to vote. I know these RSA and foreign journalists would have made a meal of it if someone came with a valid voter slip and could not vote.If you are not registered or you pitch at the wrong ward, you will be turned away.

      Liz - 2013-08-08 15:35

      Surely it is the out-of-date voters roll that can be manipulated that is at the heart of the issues?

  • Solethu Solethu Matrose - 2013-08-08 15:15

    304000 did not vote. wow but they were not gonna vote mdc anyway.

      Mansoor Bakhasab - 2013-08-08 15:18

      We could even argue that ZanuPF voters were disenfranchised. The people of Zimbabwe voted overwhelmingly for Mugabe, now the rest of the world wants to cry foul because they are going to lose control of Zimbabwe's riches. Like we care.

  • Grimble Grumble - 2013-08-08 15:24

    An Irishman walks into a bar, and tells the bartender "I'll have three rounds, all at once." So the bartender gets his order but says to the man "Sir, you'd enjoy them better sir if I served them to you one at a time." The Irishman replies "No, its a tradition. Back in Dublin, my brothers and I would all go to the pub and have a round together. I moved over here a few years ago but I still keep the tradition." Touched by the story, the bartender served the rounds, and went about his business. The Irishman returned for several nights. One night, the Irishman comes in and only orders two rounds. The bartender shaken, asks "what happened? Did one of your brothers die? "The Irishman laughed and replied, "No, I quit drinking!"

      Shaun Daly - 2013-08-08 15:52


      Shaun Daly - 2013-08-08 15:56

      My contribution: A Englishman, a Scotsman, and an Irishman walk into a pub. They each buy a pint of Guiness beer. Just as they were about to enjoy their creamy beverage three flies landed in each of their pints, and were stuck in the thick head. The Englishman pushed his beer away from him in disgust. The Scotsman fished the offending fly out of his beer and continued drinking it as if nothing had happened. The Irishman too, picked the fly out of his drink, held it out over the beer and then started yelling, "SPIT IT OUT, SPIT IT OUT, YOU BASTARD!!"

      Shaun Daly - 2013-08-08 16:18

      You obviously don't know much about whites outside of SA, the animosity between various european groups have been around since humans kicked (and bred) out the Neanderthals.

      the_gob - 2013-08-08 16:31

      @Shuan the problem with most commenters here, is that they've never actually travelled outside SA, later on Africa so have no idea how the world actually works.

      Douglas Hollis - 2013-08-09 19:17

      Siyanda, I guess you think there's no tribalism between the blacks of this continent? Xhosas and Zulus and Sothos all living together, one big happy family and they've NEVER hated each other's guts and wanted to kill each other just for belonging to another tribe. You need to drop your imperialist black attitude and realise that people everywhere cannot be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the motivations of their heart. Or is that a difficult concept for you?

  • Lynn O'Shea Comley-White - 2013-08-08 15:28

    So the truth is being revealed, slowly but surely. But the fools will still not take any notice!

      Mabritishmajaira Majaira - 2013-08-08 16:03

      There is no truth here, just a mere internet report from a journalist who is trying to make money for themselves. There is no basis for these Figures, if you see one person turned way because they do not have an identity or changed their wards and then someone approximate them to 10 000. Witness' evidence is always dubious! There is nothing to write home about............

  • Liz - 2013-08-08 15:31

    Plus the million or more who are in South Africa and who were not allowed to vote.

      Mabritishmajaira Majaira - 2013-08-08 15:59

      The ballot box will not come to you. It works the other way round!

  • Motoloki Lephoi - 2013-08-08 15:33

    I guess our own toothless AU and SADC observes did not notice this!!

      Josiah Magama Tongogara - 2013-08-08 19:38

      Motoloki, do the maths. Would MDC have won still if we presume all the voters turned way were MDC supporters

      Bhekinkosi Langa - 2013-08-09 14:52

      Motoloki these 2 saw but they were afraid to report bcos of that incident where Morgan was beaten up until his face looked like a chewed bubblegum."Cowards ne"

  • Jabu Gift - 2013-08-08 15:50

    Even if they all voted for MDC I guess It would not make any difference. Mugabe would still win.

      Sani Mabena - 2013-08-08 16:39

      Well put!That's what people seem to be forgetting,LoL

      Siya Dlulane - 2013-08-09 04:18

      That's the stupidest F*cking mentality a person could have. Jabu Gift & Sani the Punani, how is that free & fair ? Its not. If one person is turned away, it indicates an undemocratic voting process. Sani, you're really bordering on becoming the biggest idiot in existence.

  • Mabritishmajaira Majaira - 2013-08-08 15:58

    This report is half cooked and pathetic. ZESN said over 750,000 urban voters were missing from the electoral list, then you say 305 000 were turned away. What happened to the other 445 000?? Do you have proof they register? There is no evidence to substantiate on how these numbers were deduced. No doubt there was no one counting these people. How did you come up with such Figures. You are funded by the West and preaching the USA language of hate and war. High time you forget about this West agenda...Even If you stand on top of a mountain, it doesn't count. When you talk to one person turned away, they make a 1000 for you!!

  • Colin Nelson - 2013-08-08 16:01

    Thats free and fair enough isnt it ask Bob ?

  • Soljah Megga - 2013-08-08 16:04


      Sani Mabena - 2013-08-08 16:36

      No need to shout when you comment.idiot

  • Ditaba Tsa Limpopo Reloaded - 2013-08-08 16:05

    All zims should go back to zim. Simple as that. We can't take this no more.

      Sani Mabena - 2013-08-08 16:34

      So if they don't what are you gonna do about it??

  • Conor Kenny - 2013-08-08 16:40

    HAHAHAHA @Mansoor, this white hating moron, who is so set in his beliefs of Mugabe being right...lives in Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA. Can't IMAGEN why you wouldn't want to be in your PROSPEROUS and rich country AND THAT dear people is all I need to point out.

      Joseph Shange - 2013-08-08 17:16

      Sani is a troll, but it's fun to bait him.

      Mansoor Bakhasab - 2013-08-08 17:24

      Please ignore the idiot above with two first names. Seriously, you should rather stick to commenting on Hello Kitty articles because you did not provide any insight into the discussion. Also, it is not my fault if you cannot find wisdom in Robert Mugabe. He doesn't appeal to riff-raff who don't contribute to the African revival.

  • Naas Du Plessis - 2013-08-08 16:54

    All you Mugabe lovers should move to zim!! Guarantee you won't get anything!!

  • Sakala Ashani - 2013-08-08 16:55

    These figures dont mk sense, zec is now saying about 3.5m cast their vote. Initially they said there was 90% voter turnout and this figure doesn't support that. According to their redults, mugabe polled 3.1m , tsvangirai 1.7 or so , ncube 93 000, dabengwa 25 000 and kisinoti 9000, these numbers are way more than 3.5 million

  • Frans Wa Mobedi Ramodike - 2013-08-08 17:10

    wat de differences it would hv made...we r sure if those hu turnd home wouldve vote for MDC...Tsvangiria is a loser.he failed his ppl.nw he want us to blieve dat dumb.mxm

  • Pete Doherty - 2013-08-08 17:56

    Zimbos should go to zim if they want to or anywhere in SADC where ever they want to live work or study visa free. If europeans can travel and live free anywhere within the 27 block EU nations who r u to restrict zimbos?. Let those zimbos roam free its their koi koi land.

  • salvador - 2013-08-08 18:01

    Mansoor is either yanking everyones chain and being ironic or scariy showing extreme reactions. Do you hate the west Mansoor?

  • Buli Bulawayo - 2013-08-08 18:01

    At first MDC said 1 million people were turned away now it is 305 000, anyway all that I want to know is who was counting these people? how do they know that these 1 million or 305 000 people who are supposedly turned away were going to vote MDC?

      Sani Mabena - 2013-08-08 21:00

      Yeah,there is no proof that those people were going to vote for MDC. Zanu pf can also claim that those people were gonna vote for their party.Furthermore most of the people turned away later voted at the correct wards so this noise about voters turned away just doesn't hold water.

  • Sakala Ashani - 2013-08-08 18:15

    The qn is on the credibility , everyone deserves a chance to vote. Whether they were going to vote zanu or mdc its irrelevant

  • Bernard Ngwira - 2013-08-08 18:28

    Sani ,Bruce mawillis, u 2 great idiots wht do u say abt this?

      Bruce Mawillis - 2013-08-08 21:41

      Read and make sense not just talk talk.

  • Thomas Sankara - 2013-08-08 19:43

    NEVER LISTEN TO South African racist Media when it comes to Zim Election for obvious reasons - they are desperate, angry and seeking vengeance AT ANY COST against Mugabe's REVOLUTIONARY BRAVERY see here

  • Greg Munn - 2013-08-08 20:14

    @Victor van der Walt If somebody responds to a post it doesn't mean they are in SA. This is cyberspace and anyone can view the post.

      Sani Mabena - 2013-08-08 20:52

      Tell him.In his idiotic mind,he believes that everyone who posts a comment here is in South africa.

  • Ashanzi Afrika - 2013-08-09 08:52

    It takes a FOOL to believe the Zimbabwe elections were free and fair, and that they were not rigged.

  • Biggie Taapatsi - 2013-08-13 11:13

    "Rights groups say police forced some people they believed to be opposition supporters to feign illiteracy and seek the assistance of police officers or polling officials, with their votes going to Mugabe." This is a big lie; anyone who voted or was observing the elections will tell you that NO POLICE OFFICER WAS ALLOWED INSIDE A POLLING BOOTH. The police were standing outside, just maintaining order! If people have nothing to say, they must say it on the internet.

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