A third of Zimbabwe’s voters are dead, says NGO

2011-01-21 13:11

Harare – Researchers say nearly 33.3% of Zimbabwe’s 5.5 million registered voters are dead, and others appear to be up to 120 years old, well exceeding life expectancy in the southern African nation.

The independent Zimbabwe Election Support Network says the list should be overhauled before this year’s elections.

The network’s report, which was released today, found that 40% of voters had moved without updating their voting information.

The group says such problems open the way for “double voting and other rigging intentions”.

Health authorities say Zimbabwe’s average life expectancy is 44.

President Robert Mugabe (86) has ruled the country since 1980.

Rights groups have accused Mugabe and his loyalists of human rights violations and election rigging.

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