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Observers, Opposition, Fault Zimbabwe Mobile Voter Registration Drive

Zimbabwe's Office of the Registrar General has announced that it will roll out a mobile voter registration program across the country next week in preparation for the local, general and presidential elections to be held in January-March 2008.

The state-controlled Herald newspaper quoted Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede as saying his staff will also be issuing birth certificates and national identification cards and inspecting voter rolls during the operation running until August 18.

But National Director Rindai Chipfunde-Vava of the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, which fielded thousands of monitors during the last general election in 2005, said the process was flawed because it is starting late and was not well publicized.

Elections Director Paul Themba Nyathi of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change faction of Arthur Mutambara said some MDC supporters seeking to register have been asked to produce membership cards of the ruling ZANU-PF party.

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