Peo­ple must get free IDs: Dr Mpofu

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Clin­ton Moyo Sun­day News Re­porter

PEO­PLE who have lost iden­tity cards should be al­lowed to get free ones to ac­cord them the chance to reg­is­ter for next year’s gen­eral elec­tions, a Cabinet Min­is­ter has said.

Macro-Eco­nomic Plan­ning and In­vest­ment Promotion Min­is­ter Dr Obert Mpofu told rep­re­sen­ta­tives from his con­stituency at a meet­ing held in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day that it was ridicu­lous for peo­ple to pay for lost iden­tity cards.

“It is ob­vi­ous that such things get lost es­pe­cially in ru­ral ar­eas where peo­ple do not have draw­ers to keep their be­long­ings, so peo­ple should get IDs so that they can go and vote,” said Dr Mpofu who is also Umguza rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

This comes af­ter President Mu­gabe has pro­claimed an or­der for the new reg­is­tra­tion of vot­ers in all wards and con­stituen­cies.

“Whereas, it is pro­vided in sec­tion 36A (1) (a) of the Elec­toral Act (Chap­ter 2:13) that the President on the ad­vice of the Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion, may at any time, by procla­ma­tion, that there shall be a new reg­is­tra­tion of vot­ers in all wards and con­stituen­cies, and whereas the Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion has no­ti­fied me, in writ­ing, of the need to con­duct a new reg­is­tra­tion of vot­ers in all wards and con­stituen­cies:

“Now, there­fore, un­der and by the virtue of the pow­ers vested in me as President, I do, by this procla­ma­tion or­der a new reg­is­tra­tion of vot­ers in all wards and con­stituen­cies and fix Thurs­day 14th of Septem­ber 2017, as the date upon which the new reg­is­tra­tion will be­gin and fix Mon­day the 15th Jan­uary 2018 as the lat­est day upon claims and ap­pli­ca­tions for reg­is­tra­tion shall be re­ceived in all wards and con­stituen­cies,” reads the procla­ma­tion re­leased last week.

Dr Mpofu also ap­plauded the Zanu PF Mata­bele­land North prov­ince for shun­ning fac­tion­al­ism and choos­ing to rally be­hind President Mu­gabe.

“What makes me love Mata­bele­land North and Umguza to be spe­cific is that you are united and that you do not have this thing called fac­tion­al­ism. It is im­por­tant for peo­ple to know that there is only one President,” he said.

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