Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has reported a very low voter registration turnout in Bulawayo.
The Commission said that the turnout was a serious cause for concern. Speaking to the News Day, Bulawayo provincial elections officer, Innocent Ncube, said:
People are not coming. On average, we are registering zero a month and this is of serious concern to us. The same also applies when we do outreach sometimes to register residents as voters.
We have outreach programmes to register people in their wards, but sadly, very few people come. They do not come forward to register and when they do come, at most, it will be less than five people during the whole outreach.
Ncube warned that Bulawayo would lose constituencies as a result during the next delimitation exercise if the total population is below the minimum threshold.
His remarks were echoed by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), an independent election watchdog which observed that the same issue is likely to affect Matebeleland North.
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