Tendai Rupapa, Harare Bureau
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has so far registered about three million people countrywide, nearly half of its target of seven million, in the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration exercise.
According to the latest update published on ZEC’s website, as at Wednesday, November 22, at least 2 903 154 had been registered.
Harare has so far processed 468 149 registrants, which is 34,8 percent of its target of 1 345 818, while Bulawayo registered 114 389, representing 27,9 percent of the targeted 409 389 people.
In Manicaland province, 373 356 people have been registered, against a target of 912 762.
Mashonaland Central, which has a target of 620 279 people, has so far registered 306 768.
ZEC statistics show that Mashonaland East has registered 341 601 people, which is 56,4 percent of its 735 790 target.
In Mashonaland West, 274 125 people have been registered out of the targeted 834 414 people.
Masvingo has registered 48,8 percent of its 754 314 target, while in Matabeleland North, 389 592 people – 40,8 percent of the target – have been processed.
The numbers are relatively less for Matabeleland South, which as so far registered 123 366 people.
In Midlands province, 43 percent of the target at 374 346 have been duly registered as potential voters.
A total number of 56 496 people were turned away for various reasons, with Mashonaland West being the biggest casualty.
The majority of people who were turned away, according to the report, had brought wrong particulars, which included drivers licences, photocopied national identity cards and defaced IDs.
Some were aliens, while others were deemed under age and had no IDs.
The third phase of the biometric voter registration blitz, which began on November 16, will end on December 1.
The last leg will run from December 4 to December 19.