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Concerns over voters being asked for registration slips in Zim

The Movement for Democratic Change says some village headmen and ruling party officials are still demanding voter registration serial numbers.

Picture: Supplied.

HARARE - Rights groups and the opposition in Zimbabwe say in the rural areas, villagers are still being asked to hand over their voter registration slips, despite assurances from the president that the elections will be free and fair.

They say ruling party officials want to take down villagers’ voter registration numbers and that could amount to intimidation.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change says some village headmen and ruling party officials are still demanding voter registration serial numbers.

Rights groups say villagers may feel intimidated and think that their votes won't be secret.

This Iooks like the kind of tactic used in previous elections and it doesn’t bode well for the free and fair polls President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been promising.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police put out a statement on Friday saying it's a criminal offense to record the registration numbers.

Aspiring Member of Parliament Fadzayi Mahere welcomed the police statement on Twitter; she urged would-be voters to report anyone found intimidating people this way.