HARARE – Voter registration for next year’s election is under way in Zimbabwe.
President Robert Mugabe launched the Biometric Voter Registration system in Harare on Thursday, when the kits were unveiled at State House.
President Mugabe and his wife Grace were the first citizens to be registered followed by his two vice-presidents, Emerson Mnangagwa and Mpelekezela Mphoko.
“The Biometric Voter Registration exercise is a new requirement for all citizens who are 18 years and above. I therefore urge all eligible Zimbabweans to go to established centres to register in their numbers.With these remarks, I wish to declare the voter registration process in Zimbabwe officially launched,” said Mugabe.
Chinese company Laxton has supplied over 3,000 registration kits.
The Electoral Commission said registration would take place in all the districts. The Zambian Electoral Commission will be going to the people to offer them this service. The exercise will be preceded by an extensive civil education campaign,” said Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Chair Rita Makarau.
“Registration centres will be established within wards close enough to the people so that they don’t have to travel long distances to be registered.