Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)- BVR exercise on cards

Yeukai Tazira

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission will commence the first phase of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise for demarcation program next month.

The program will be used to determine the number of wards and constituencies per province.   

The process is carried out every few years to ensure that each constituency has approximately an equal number of voters, the underlying logic being that a set number of voters have one representative in the state assemblies across the country.

The last delimitation process was conducted in 2007, shortly before the harmonised elections held in March 2008.

In a statement released recently, ZEC said the exercise shall be done in two phases which will run from February to April this year with the first phase starting in Bulawayo province.

“It is hereby notified for general information that the ZEC shall carry out a mobile Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise for delimitation in two phases.

“The first phase will run from 1 February to 28 February while the second phase will run from 10 April to 30 April 2022,” ZEC chief elections officer Utoile Silaigwana said.

He added that the centers will operate everyday including weekends and a national identity card or valid Zimbabwean passport and proof of residence are prerequisites for one to vote.

“The centers will open from 0730hrs to 1700hours, everyday including weekends. Documents required for registration are national identity cards (metal, plastic or waiting pass with holder’s picture or valid Zimbabwean passport and proof of residence,” he said.

Silaigwana reiterated that only those who are 18 years and above are eligible to vote.

He said foreign born residents who are citizens by virtue of parentage and are eligible to vote should produce the required documents.

“The category of persons whose national IDs are inscribed “ALIEN” are eligible to register and should have long birth certificates that indicate that they were born in or outside Zimbabwe but one of their parents are citizens of this country and they were born in Zimbabwe and one or both their parents are citizens of a Southern Development Community (SADC) country and they were ordinarily resident in Zimbabwe on the day of the publication of the Constitution on 22 May 2013,” said Silaigwana.

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