70 undergo BVR training in Mash West

Walter Nyamukondiwa Chinhoyi Bureau—
At least 70 district election officers and technicians in Mashonaland West Province have undergone training on Biometric Voter registration. This is in preparation for the actual voter registration process expected to start on Thursday. The two-day training programme drew election officers, clerk typists and voter registration supervisors from the province’s seven districts.

“The workshop was aimed at equipping them with requisite knowledge and skills in the operation of the BVR kits,” said acting provincial elections officer Mr Austin Ndlovu.

“Participants have been taken through the general principles of voter registration, the legal framework governing the conduct of voter registration and the general use of the kits.”

Mr Ndlovu said voter registration would be done in phases, starting with Kariba and Hurungwe districts, before it moved to Makonde and parts of Zvimba.

It will move to Chegutu District before going to Mhondoro and Sanyati districts.

The training started in Harare with master trainers, which saw 11 trainers and four technicians from the province being trained.

Master trainers are now cascading the training to the districts.

BVR kit operators will receive training from Saturday to October 3.

Mr Ndlovu urged participants to take the training programme seriously, as the success of the system hinged on their ability to efficiently operate the kits.

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  • Mhesvamukono

    This is a very late start, and only a small part of essential ZEC preparations when it still needs to flight tenders and procure other BVR equipment and software before even creating tentative experimental versions of a new voters’ role.
    We can see with President Mugabe setting mobile voter registration dates between 14th September and 15 January 2018, Mugabe can call for early elections anytime after the 15th January if Zanu-pf “whip” their majority to dissolve Parliament of its own accord. Leaving ZEC’s voter’s role preparation unobtainable and high and dry without even having time to procure Biometric data-registration servers to store data for verification and generating a new clean voters’ role well in time before any announced early election date.
    For the moment ZEC have neither obtained a definitive budget from Government nor announced any official tenders to obtain the vital and essential BVR data servers promised timeously by Makara. We all know what unacceptable delays were imposed on delivery of BVR kits with ony 400 for training purposes delivered so far, so we can imagine another 8 month delay after a successful tender and choosing a supplier before installing BVR data servers with adequate reliable internationally approved software. Leaving ZEC in an impossible situation to provide a complete new tested and verified voters’ role before any elections.