By Fungai Maboreke, Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –
The South African Institute of Race Relations, in a new report, claims to have found some 2.6 million “phantom” voters on Zimbabwe’s voter rolls. The country has approximately 5.6 million registered voters out of a population of 12 million.
Researcher Richard Johnson said he also found 16,800 people with the same birthday - Jan. 1, 1901, about 40,000 "voters" over 100 years of age and some who were dead. Some 230 voters were below the voting age of 18. The report can be read in full on the Institute’s website.
President Robert Mugabe has called for elections to be held this year while the leader of the opposition party, Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change, has threatened a boycott.
Elections in 2008 were marred by violence and some MDC supporters were either attacked or detained without charge while others were killed. Widespread fraud was reported at the polls.
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