President sets BVR ex­er­cise in mo­tion

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Fari­rai Machivenyika Se­nior Re­porter

PRESIDENT Mu­gabe yes­ter­day of­fi­cially launched the Bio­met­ric Voter Reg­is­tra­tion (BVR) ex­er­cise at State House and be­came the first per­son to be reg­is­tered un­der the new sys­tem that will be used in the cre­ation of a new vot­ers’ roll for the 2018 har­monised elec­tions.

First Lady Amai Grace Mu­gabe, Vice President Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and his wife Aux­il­lia and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and his wife Lau­rinda were also reg­is­tered at the cer­e­mony.

President Mu­gabe said he pro­claimed the date for the com­mence­ment of voter reg­is­tra­tion on the ad­vice of the Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (ZEC).

He also com­mended ZEC for com­ing up with a new voter reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem.

“Let me take this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late ZEC for con­tin­u­ously spear­head­ing re­search and de­vel­op­ment in the elec­toral field in Zim­babwe as ev­i­denced by the in­tro­duc­tion of the BVR.

“As Gov­ern­ment, we stand guided by our Con­sti­tu­tion and ZEC on how elec­tions are to be run in this coun­try.

“The Con­sti­tu­tion of Zim­babwe en­joins Gov­ern­ment to play a fa­cil­i­ta­tive role in terms of re­sourc­ing and pro­tect­ing the in­de­pen­dence, im­par­tial­ity, and in­tegrity of such in­sti­tu­tions,” the President said.

He urged all peo­ple aged 18 and above to go and reg­is­ter at cen­tres that will be es­tab­lished.

“The BVR ex­er­cise is a new reg­is­tra­tion for all cit­i­zens who are 18 years and above. I there­fore urge all el­i­gi­ble Zim­bab­weans to go to their es­tab­lished cen­tres to reg­is­ter in their num­bers,” he said.

VP Mnan­gagwa, who also over­sees the Min­istry of Jus­tice, Legal and Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs, said the adop­tion of BVR en­hanced the coun­try’s elec­toral pro­cesses.

“To­day’s launch of the BVR marks a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone de­vel­op­ment to­wards the en­hance­ment of elec­toral pro­cesses in Zim­babwe. As a na­tion we take great pride in the fact that we have al­ways been able to hold our elec­tions when­ever they fall due.

“I am there­fore pleased that to­day’s launch reaf­firms your com­mit­ment and ad­her­ence to the let­ter and spirit of the Con­sti­tu­tion of Zim­babwe by com­ply­ing with the pro­vi­sions of the con­duct of elec­tions. Fur­ther­more, it shows

that, as we have al­ways done, we con­tinue to abide by the rule of law and con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism in our coun­try,” VP Mnan­gagwa said.

He said ZEC had con­sis­tently briefed him as min­ster re­spon­si­ble for the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Elec­toral Act, on re­search ac­tiv­i­ties they were con­duct­ing that led to the adop­tion of BVR.

ZEC chair­per­son Jus­tice Rita Maka­rau re­it­er­ated that the President’s procla­ma­tion set­ting dates for the com­mence­ment of the voter reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise was meant to give legal ef­fect to the process.

“We want to thank you President Mu­gabe for the procla­ma­tion. The im­por­tance of that procla­ma­tion maybe lost to many but with­out that procla­ma­tion ZEC would not have started the voter reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise,” she said.

Jus­tice Maka­rau said voter reg­is­tra­tion would start in other districts coun­try­wide on Mon­day next week fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s of­fi­cial launch.

“Con­tin­u­ous voter reg­is­tra­tion will com­mence at all ZEC’s dis­trict of­fices from Mon­day 18 Septem­ber 2017 with some of the kits re­ceived so. These kits will be per­ma­nently sta­tioned at the dis­trict cen­tres,” she said.

ZEC has so far re­ceived 400 kits some of which have been used to train the tech­ni­cians that would be in­volved in the reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise.

Jus­tice Maka­rau added that ZEC will con­duct a na­tional blitz to reg­is­ter all reg­is­tered vot­ers once the re­main­ing 2 600 kits are de­liv­ered.

She said the elec­toral body will pub­lish the reg­is­tra­tion cen­tres in due course es­tab­lished in each ward.

“ZEC will be launch­ing an ex­ten­sive voter ed­u­ca­tion and pub­lic­ity cam­paign to ed­u­cate the pub­lic about this new ex­er­cise and the re­quire­ments for reg­is­tra­tion.

“Af­ter the last day pro­claimed as the lat­est day for the re­ceipt of ap­pli­ca­tions for reg­is­tra­tion, ZEC will com­mence in­ter­nal pro­cesses of clean­ing the roll and re­mov­ing du­pli­cates. There­after a pro­vi­sional role will be printed and pre­sented for in­spec­tion by the elec­torate,” she added.

Jus­tice Maka­rau said af­ter in­spec­tion and fur­ther clean­ing of the roll, if nec­es­sary, ZEC will is­sue a no­tice in the Gazette fix­ing a date on which the vot­ers roll pro­duced would be de­clared as the de­fin­i­tive roll.

“This vot­ers’ roll shall be the ba­sis upon which the con­tin­u­ous reg­is­tra­tion of vot­ers in terms of Sec­tion 17A shall be con­ducted.

“All el­i­gi­ble vot­ers’ not reg­is­tered dur­ing the na­tional blitz pe­riod will be reg­is­tered. The vot­ers’ roll for elec­tions in terms of the law, closes 12 days af­ter the nom­i­na­tion day.”

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