Zec begins crafting voters’ roll

Justice Rita Makarau

Justice Rita Makarau

Felex Share, Harare Bureau
THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission begins crafting a new voters’ roll today as the 2018 harmonised elections draw closer.

President Mugabe is expected to launch the biometric voter registration exercise at State House.

The electoral body is crafting a new biometric voters’ roll for the polls, which would be polling station based.

Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau confirmed the development yesterday.

“We are launching the mobile voter registration exercise tomorrow,” she said.

“We are hoping that President Mugabe will launch the programme for us at State House in the morning and thereafter we are going to continue with registration in public of a few invited guests at the Harare International Conference Centre. We are ready for the exercise.”

Zec now has the constitutional mandate to register voters, taking over the function from the Registrar General’s Office in line with the dictates of the new Constitution adopted in 2013.

The electoral body starts continuous voter registration today and will launch a blitz for the 2018 elections in October.

The blitz will run until January 15 as proclaimed by President Mugabe.

Zanu-PF yesterday said it was heightening preparations for the polls with the party’s spokesperson Cde Simon Khaya-Moyo urging party cadres to register anew.

The party is holding workshops around the country on voter education and registration.

Said Cde Khaya-Moyo: “We urge all our party members to register for the elections and we have set in motion everything. What is important is that we want everybody above the age of 18 to register across the country.

“Everybody is registering anew. This is a completely new exercise with new registers and those in urban areas should have proof of residence in the form of water or electricity bills or affidavits if you are a lodger to show where you stay.”

He said party cadres without identity documents should take advantage of the mobile units set up by the Registrar General’s office.

“They should do everything they can to know when the processes will be done in their respective areas,” Cde Khaya-Moyo said.

“They must produce metal or plastic IDs, passports not drivers’ licences. We want to win the elections resoundingly and silence our detractors once and for all. You have seen us going to Bulawayo and Matabeleland South and tomorrow we will be in Harare and Marondera speaking about all aspects to do with the elections.”

After ending the blitz on January 15, Zec will continue registering voters.

The voters’ roll for the 2018 elections will close 12 days after nomination.

The electoral body is targeting to register seven million voters.

Zec has received 400 kits for Biometric Voter Registration and another 2 600 are expected for the blitz voter registration exercise to begin.

Voter registration requires about $15 million and the electoral body has submitted its budget to Treasury.

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  • me

    I thought ZEC was an INDEPENDENT institution. Why is the BVR being launched by Mugabe at state house and why is HE the one to announce the dates for registration. i think there is something amiss there, or i am just a confused fellow

    • Essexvale

      Excellent deduction !!

  • Essexvale

    Didn’t the MDC recently launch a court motion against the intended start of this voter registration exercise, based on a constitutional technicality? And why is ZEC going ahead with the voter registration launch in spite of the motion? Surely, there is need to do things appropriately by awaiting the court decision on MDC’s appeal? Meanwhile; citizens will be hoping that the ghosts who voted during the last general elections will be exorcised from the new voters’ roll. Additionally, the hundreds of babies aged one year, who also had the privilege of adding their vote to ensure the “ruling” party’s “victory” last time around, should not be allowed to do so this time. Further more; the nation’s constitution forbids the practice by members of the uniformed services to vote openly in the presence of their commanders, just as it disallows the public from being assisted by a partisan person with voting. In these aspects, such practices must be decisively halted. Then there is the matter concerning members of the public, particularly in Matebeleland, facing deliberate state placed obstacles in getting ID documents. It’s very likely that this is being done in order to ensure that all new registrations in the region will be the outsiders who have been stuffed into local constituencies courtesy of ZANU’s so called land reform exercise. Finally; the concerned public and civil society need to vigilantly monitor the above listed aspects of concern in order to ensure that the general election will follow due democratic processes.