BVR guar­an­tees one man one vote

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - BRIDGE - Ta­muka T Charakupa, 23

THE Bio­met­ric Voter Regis­tra­tion (BVR) pro­cess is a sci­en­tific sys­tem based on bio­met­ricsa pro­cess which makes use of hu­man bi­o­log­i­cal fea­tures such as voice, vein, eye, fin­ger-print, fa­cial recog­ni­tion among oth­ers for the pur­poses of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion or au­then­ti­ca­tion of an in­di­vid­ual.

As Zim­babwe is head­ing to­wards the 2018 Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions it is im­por­tant for the youth to un­der­stand and par­tic­i­pate in the pro­cess.

The youth are the back­bone of any so­ci­ety and above all, the largest pop­u­la­tion in Zim­babwe thus it is im­por­tant for them to regis­ter to vote un­der the new BVR which has sev­eral ad­van­tages to them.

Given its highly tech­no­log­i­cal na­ture, BVR pro­cess gath­ers in­di­vid­ual’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion fea­ture, stores it in se­cured data­bases hence does not al­low dou­ble or mul­ti­ple regis­tra­tion which ef­fect that it will not al­low dou­ble or mul­ti­ple vot­ing in an elec­tion.

To my knowl­edge, three-quar­ters of the youth have been tak­ing a back seat in the elec­tion pro­cesses for the fear that their vote will not count or elec­tions get rigged.

The case is dif­fer­ent now. This set of tech­nol­ogy en­sures a one man, one vote pol­icy hence the youth should now be on the fore­front in de­cid­ing how the fu­ture should be like which will in turn lead to an in­formed so­ci­ety mainly ben­e­fit­ing them.

Given the ed­u­ca­tion sta­tus on most of the youth, most hav­ing at least five Or­di­nary Level passes up to univer­sity level, reg­is­ter­ing to vote will un­lock doors for them to realise their true po­ten­tial and be able to com­pletely turn the econ­omy of the coun­try for the bet­ter.

Thus the BVR pro­cess guar­an­tees their se­cu­rity and con­fi­dence that their vote is a pow­er­ful tool for change hence need to par­tic­i­pate.

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief that the pro­cess is time con­sum­ing and po­lit­i­cal, it is of para­mount im­por­tance for the youth to know that it is a lie.

The BVR takes about eight (8) min­utes- a rea­son­able time to ver­ify doc­u­ments such as iden­tity cards, fin­ger­prints and res­i­den­tial ad­dress- all that serves to en­sure democ­racy and jus­tice is given to the pro­cess to en­sure a free and fair elec­tion.

An­other key fact in the BVR pro­cess vi­tal to the youth is the fact that the regis­tra­tion can be done any­where in the coun­try thus pro­vid­ing con­ve­niences to those who go to work or those who re­side far from their poll sta­tions.

This is a not a com­pli­ca­tion be­cause the BVR sys­tem au­to­mat­i­cally trans­fers in­for­ma­tion to re­spec­tive polling cen­tres.

The youth should know that this is a new voter’s roll sep­a­rate from yesteryears’ old sys­tem that had du­pli­cate vot­ers.

This is their chance to spear­head a new era and top this new data­base so that their vote pre­cisely de­ter­mine their fu­ture.

The fu­ture is us, the youth, let your voice be heard.

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