It’s one mil­lion and count­ing

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Sun­day Mail Re­porters

THE Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion has reg­is­tered nearly one mil­lion peo­ple since the start of Bio­met­ric Voter Reg­is­tra­tion in Septem­ber.

This comes as Zanu-PF is also ed­u­cat­ing its mem­bers on the vot­ing sys­tem that will be used in the 2018 har­monised elec­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from ZEC, 879 315 peo­ple had reg­is­tered as of Oc­to­ber 20 un­der phase one of the coun­try­wide ex­er­cise.

About 20 838 peo­ple were turned away for fail­ing to pro­duce req­ui­site doc­u­ments such as valid na­tional iden­tity cards, ac­cord­ing to Zec.

The lat­est fig­ures show that as at Oc­to­ber 17, Mashona­land East had reg­is­tered the most vot­ers (111 881), fol­lowed by Man­i­ca­land (109 607), Mid­lands (92 183) and Masvingo (84 642).

Mashona­land Cen­tral cap­tured the de­tails of 82 493 prospec­tive vot­ers, Harare 80 192, Mashona­land West 44 341, Mata­bele­land South 25 841, Mata­bele­land North 25 791 and Bulawayo 18 216.

Mashona­land East Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Brigadier-Gen­eral (Re­tired) Am­brose Mutin­hiri yes­ter­day said: “We are happy with the progress so far in the voter reg­is­tra­tion process al­though there are com­mu­ni­ca­tion prob­lems in some re­mote ar­eas, for ex­am­ple, poor road net­works. If they are solved, more vot­ers will be mo­bilised.

“The time al­lo­cated is also not enough to mo­bilise peo­ple to go and reg­is­ter, but hope­fully in the fu­ture, things are go­ing to change for the bet­ter.

“I am re­ally im­pressed by the three dis­tricts of Mu­toko, UMP and Mudzi, and I urge other dis­tricts to em­u­late them by vot­ing in num­bers. If we all do like what is be­ing done in th­ese dis­tricts, I am sure that the tar­geted pop­u­la­tion of vot­ers will be reached.”

At a Zanu-PF dis­trict meet­ing in Beit­bridge yes­ter­day, rul­ing party Polit­buro mem­ber Cde Kembo Mo­hadi said: “As we ap­proach elec­tion time, it is very crit­i­cal that we have self-in­tro­spec­tion as a party and reaf­firm the need to strengthen party struc­tures from grass­roots level.

“In ad­di­tion, we must en­cour­age those el­i­gi­ble vot­ers to take ad­van­tage of the on­go­ing voter reg­is­tra­tion pro­gramme.

“The idea is to get a two-thirds ma­jor­ity in Par­lia­ment in the forth­com­ing elec­tions. This will help us to im­ple­ment peo­ple-ori­ented pro­grammes.”

Cde Mo­hadi said Zanu-PF had adopted a ro­bust strat­egy to re­cruit more mem­bers ahead of the har­monised elec­tions, adding that all op­po­si­tion al­liances were nonen­ti­ties.

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