UPDATED: BVR kits: Validation tests begin

Justice Makarau

Justice Makarau

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) will from today start site validation tests for two companies bidding to supply Biometric Voter Registration kits ahead of next year’s harmonised elections.

Laxton Group Limited from China and Dermalog Identification Systems from Germany were among three firms whose bids were successful from the initial 12 that tendered for the supply of the kits.

The other successful company, ZETES from Belgium, withdrew.

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“The bidders were evaluated by a joint team of ZEC and UNDP representatives and three of them emerged as the best contenders,” said ZEC chairperson Justice Rita Makarau in a briefing to observers yesterday.

“The selection criteria were based on technical compliance of the gadgets to required specifications based on technical compliance of the gadgets to required specifications and pricing.”

Justice Makarau said at the close of the tender on January 17, 51 companies had shown interest, although only 12 submitted their bids.

“This is the stage at which we are now and the process is still under way,” she said.

“Our invitation to you to observe this important stage is part of ZEC’s initiative to ensure stakeholder participation in its activities and to enhance transparency in all its electoral processes.

“You will, therefore, be able to witness presentations by the two bidders who have come forward and observe the site validation tests of their respective kits to assess whether or not they are fit for the purpose.

“The actual site validation process starts tomorrow, (today) 21 April 2017 and ends on 26 April.”

Justice Makarau said the observers would be expected to make written recommendations to ZEC after the tests to assist it in making a decision on the award of the tender.

“Each bidder has three kits,” she said. “This ensures that there is adequate back-up in case the other two suffer malfunction. “The tests shall be in two forms, namely laboratory and field tests.

“During the laboratory tests, conformity to supplied specifications, which include those of the laptop, webcam, light source, photo background material, fingerprint scanner, thermal printer and solar power kit, among others, will be under scrutiny.

“The field tests will inter alia involve testing the durability of the equipment, resistance to weather elements, processing speed, battery performance, efficiency of the webcam, lighting and fingerprint scanner.”

Justice Makarau said the field tests would be conducted at Mabvuku High School on Monday next week and at Murape Secondary School in Seke the following day.

The two schools will provide 150 students each for a mock BVR exercise, while shock and water proof tests would be conducted at ZEC headquarters in Harare on Wednesday next week.

Government provided the $17 million required for the procurement of the BVR kits.

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  • Emanuel Nkomo

    Tsvangirai does not have good advisers.Since Biti who is a lawyer left ,he has no one to give him good advise.What is he going to get from Mjuru.?Mjuru does not have any supporters at all.She has only become popular in the media but has not won the hearts of Zimbabweans.Tsvangirai needs to have carried out a survey on that ,in order to see how much support this money hungry woman has.Even the media that has made her popular in their media has not actually gone to the streets to find out what the people are saying about her.Tsvangirai should form coalition with those political parties that have support in Matabeleland and Midlands region in order to gain more votes in the next coming general elections.He should join hands with Dumiso Dabengwa and Ncube of the other MDC.That way all voters in Matabeland and Midlands will be part of his election outcome.Mujuru does not have any supporters that can help him win the next coming elections.This shows that he lacks knowledge of the political culture of Zimbabwe .Zimbabwe politics is centred on tribal line.This was created by Robert Mugabe and his zanu pf.Many people vote on tribal lines.So logically Tsvangirai share Shona speaking people with zanu pf .And only a small percent with other political parties. Mujuru has no support in Matabeleland and Midlands.So why waste time with someone who has no followers.Mujuru realised that ,That is why he wants to rise to power using Tsvangirai.Lack of knowledge is really dangerous.For all this other years that Tsvangirai has been the President of MDC T ,he should have been reading books on politics ,pyschology ,sociology,law books and administration.Lack of know of knowledge has led him now to make a wrong move.Mujuru will only help in making him lose the elections .People in Matabeleland and Midlands do not want anything to do with Mujuru.A lot will rather vote for zanu pf or abstain as they feel that Tsvangirai has betrayed them.If he had foresight and good advisers he would have gone to Matabeland and Midlands to find out from the people as to whether that course of action was in their favour or not.Let us wait and see.Zanu pf is already happy because they will win overwhelmingly .That is why President Mugabe said in his interviews concerning the coalition of Tsvangirai and Mujuru that ,if you add zero and zero you get zero .He said his teacher told him that if you add thousand zero with thousand zeros the answer is still zero.haha .Where are learned people to help Tsvangirai?

  • Tambai Mese Mujairane

    Where is the MDC in ll this?Or they re busy toasting to coalition MOUs? These kits are the gamechangers trust me and the MDC has to get its brains around how this works, oops i forget, they have not the brains..