Zec be­gins craft­ing vot­ers’ roll

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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.

MEN AT WORK . . . Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil con­tin­ues to lose a lot of treated wa­ter through leak­ing pipes. The pic­ture taken yes­ter­day in the city cen­tre shows work­men at­tend­ing to a burst pipe

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