Monday, January 24, 2011

from cradle to grave votes

Nearly one-third of Zimbabwe's registered voters are dead, and others appear to be babies or up to 120 years old, the independent Zimbabwe Election Support Network's report said.

The group found some 2,344 voters between the ages of 101 and 110 still on Zimbabwe's voting rolls , a dubious figure in a country where the average life expectancy is a mere 44 years. t also revealed nine people born between 1890 and 1900 aged between 111 and 120 years old. The report also cited a lawmaker who found that more than 500 dead voters had all been given the same birth date — January 1, 1901. It found that electoral officials had not made efforts to update the lists by deleting the dead and eliminating duplications.

There were 93 children below one year old.

The election network said that its researchers had found more than 185,000 cases of the same voters being listed in two or more voting constituencies during Zimbabwe's last vote.

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