Friday, January 21, 2011

POLL: ONE THIRD OF ZIMBABWE'S VOTERS ALREADY DEAD



HARARE, Zimbabwe – Researchers say nearly one-third of Zimbabwe's 5.5 million registered voters are dead, and others appear to be up to 120 years old, well exceeding life expectancy in the southern African nation.

The independent Zimbabwe Election Support Network says the list should be overhauled before elections scheduled this year. Their report released Friday also found that some 40 percent of voters had moved without updating their voting information.

The group says such problems open the way for "double voting and other rigging intentions."

Health authorities say Zimbabwe's average life expectancy is 44. President Robert Mugabe, 86, has ruled the country since 1980.

Rights groups have accused Mugabe and his loyalists of human rights violations and election rigging.

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