Chik­winya on bid to reg­is­ter twice

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Free­dom Mu­panedemo Mid­lands Bu­reau

FOR­MER Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Kwekwe Cen­tral (MDC-T), Mr Set­tle­ment Chik­winya has said he de­lib­er­ately tried to reg­is­ter twice un­der the on­go­ing Bio­met­ric Voter Regis­tra­tion (BVR) ex­er­cise to test the in­tegrity of the new sys­tem.

Mr Chik­winya, now a mem­ber of Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party fronted by Mr Tendai Biti, re­cently reg­is­tered as a voter un­der the new sys­tem in Kwekwe, be­fore he at­tempted to reg­is­ter again in Kadoma.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties were ini­tially against the in­tro­duc­tion of BVR in Zim­babwe, but later made a U-turn urg­ing their sup­port­ers to reg­is­ter un­der the new sys­tem.

In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Mr Chik­winya said he was the na­tional elec­tions sec­re­tary for his party and his at­tempts were aimed at test­ing the new sys­tem.

“The na­tion was shocked as to why I did this, with some still ask­ing why I was not ar­rested, but I think it is good to ex­plain this,” he said.

“I am the na­tional elec­tions sec­re­tary for my party and it’s my duty to make sure that elec­tions are cred­i­ble and fair. It’s my duty to put this new sys­tem un­der a rig­or­ous test and I had to de­lib­er­ately try to reg­is­ter twice. It was part of my in­ves­ti­ga­tions to test the cred­i­bil­ity of the new sys­tem. This is not an of­fence as some would like to think. The of­fence is com­mit­ted when I then try to vote twice.”

Mr Chik­winya said he later learnt the sys­tem al­lowed mul­ti­ple en­tries dur­ing this ini­tial regis­tra­tion ex­er­cise, with any pos­si­ble dou­ble en­tries be­ing cleaned up when the data was cap­tured at pro­vin­cial level.

“We sit in Zec (Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion) meet­ings with the com­mis­sion chair, Jus­tice Rita Maka­rau and she later ex­plained that it was pos­si­ble dur­ing this ini­tial stage for one to be reg­is­tered twice,” he said. “The dou­ble en­try will then be cleaned up when the data is com­piled at pro­vin­cial level.”

Mr Chik­winya said his party was not against BVR, but wanted the sys­tem to re­ject dou­ble en­try at all stages.

Zec has rolled out a voter regis­tra­tion blitz in prepa­ra­tion for next year’s har­monised elec­tions.

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