‘Zec didn’t ad­e­quately pub­li­cise on­go­ing voter reg­is­tra­tion blitz’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqobile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (Zec) has not ad­e­quately pub­li­cised the on­go­ing voter reg­is­tra­tion blitz hence the low turn out at voter reg­is­tra­tion cen­tres, the Min­is­ter of State for Bu­l­awayo Cde Eu­nice Nomthandazo Moyo has said.

Cde Moyo said through her in­ter­ac­tion with mem­bers of the pub­lic, she has es­tab­lished that peo­ple have lit­tle in­for­ma­tion on the Bio­met­ric Voter Reg­is­tra­tion.

Zec launched a mo­bile BVR blitz on Tues­day and the pro­gramme will end on Oc­to­ber 26.

Speak­ing to res­i­dents of Old Nic Mine com­pound in Kil­lar­ney yes­ter­day, Cde Moyo said her of­fice has since launched a cam­paign to ed­u­cate res­i­dents on what doc­u­ments to take to the cen­tres for voter reg­is­tra­tion.

“We in­vited Zec and Reg­is­trar Gen­eral’s Of­fice of­fi­cials to come and ex­plain to the peo­ple what is ex­pected of them if they want to reg­is­ter as vot­ers. We were lucky be­cause one of the Zec Com­mis­sion­ers, Mr Qhubani Moyo came and ex­plained to peo­ple what doc­u­ments are needed for one to reg­is­ter,” said Cde Moyo.

She said it was im­por­tant for peo­ple to get the cor­rect in­for­ma­tion so that they are not turned away at the cen­tres for fail­ing to bring the re­quired doc­u­ments.

Cde Moyo said some peo­ple were hes­i­tant to ask civil ser­vants ques­tions hence the need for Zec to hold meet­ings to ex­plain the whole ex­er­cise.

She said proof of res­i­dence re­mains one of the chal­lenges pre­vent­ing peo­ple from reg­is­ter­ing as vot­ers.

Cde Moyo said young peo­ple who were born out­side the coun­try were also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing chal­lenges ob­tain­ing iden­tity doc­u­ments.

The Min­is­ter said many of these young peo­ple were smug­gled into the coun­try by their par­ents and as such did not have iden­tity doc­u­ments.

She ap­pealed to Min­istry of Home Af­fairs to ad­dress the chal­lenges say­ing the RG’s of­fice has not re­laxed terms so that peo­ple can get the re­quired doc­u­ments.

The Min­is­ter en­cour­aged peo­ple to reg­is­ter to vote say­ing it was their con­sti­tu­tional right to vote. — @ nqot­shili

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