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ZEC dismisses Mudede, says metal ID valid for voting

02/09/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
 
Dismissed ... Registrar General, Tobaiwa Mudede
 
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THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said as far as they are concerned there is no Law that has invalidated the use of metal ID cards as proof of identity.

“All National Identity documents listed remain valid for voter’s registration and voting during the 2018 harmonised elections,” says ZEC in a statement.

Comments by the electoral body come after recent announcement by Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede that “old metal identity cards will not be acceptable for voting in 2018 as they are not machine readable and those will need to be replaced with the machine readable cards”.

Mudede wants to start his mobile registration exercise as from the 4th of September to the 30th of November.

The RG has since been dismissed by various civic organisations and opposition parties describing him as offside on the electoral process and not qualified to make an official pronouncement on election related matters.

“Following recent press reports implying that those with metal identity cards will not be allowed to register during the forthcoming biometric voter registration BVR exercise we seek to set the record straight,” said ZEC.

“Voter registration requirements are enshrined in Section 4 of Statutory Instruments 85 of 2017 (Voter Registration Regulations) which state that for any Zimbabwean to register as a voter, they can use a national identity document which takes the form of a metal ID, plastic ID or a waiting pass with the holder’s photograph.”

“During the BVR exercise, ZEC will register all Zimbabweans whose citizenship is confirmed by national identity documents lawfully issued to them,” said the statement.

ZEC added, “All Zimbabweans who are eligible to register as a voter should ensure that their identity documents and proof of residence are legible to ensure a smooth registration process.”        

Early this year, ZEC announced that it was going to roll out a fresh voter registration exercise removing Mudede who has been running the exercise since independence from administering the election process.   

ZEC has procured 3000 BVR kits of which 2658 will be deployed to provinces on a pro-rata basis for the national blitz exercise.

According to ZEC, there will be a total of 9 663 voter registration centres.

BVR will be used in the country’s elections for the first time.



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