Nqobile Tshili Bulawayo Bureau
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has started door-to-door campaigns to encourage people to take advantage of the mobile Biometric Voter Registration exercise which will start on Tuesday. Speaking on the sidelines of a workshop for Civic Society Organisations from Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Bulawayo, Midlands and Masvingo provinces in the city yesterday, ZEC Commissioner, Mr Daniel John Chigaru challenged Zimbabweans who are 18 years and above to go and register to vote.
“We have started door-to-door campaigns where our officers are visiting people in their homes, educating them to vote,” he said.
“We are going into phase one of the BVR programme and this is taking place countrywide. We can only appeal that those of us who are 18 years and above should come and register as voters.” Comm Chigaru reiterated that the previous voter’s roll would no longer be used and as such everyone should take advantage of the mobile BVR programme.
He said ZEC would be spending 16 days in a selected area before moving to the next. Comm Chigaru said the mobile blitz will run until December 19 before the electoral commission takes a break to compile data that will make up the new voter’s roll. He said by engaging non-governmental organisations, ZEC was trying to come up with the best possible way of running next year’s elections.
“What we are doing is that ZEC is trying to reach out as widely as possible to the entire electorate,” said Comm Chigaru.
“And we are targeting various organised groups, including political parties. This meeting was meant for the civic society organisations and churches. We invited leaders from those organisations.” Comm Chigaru said the challenge that had been affecting most people intending to vote was acquiring proof of residence. He said ZEC empowered school heads, traditional leaders and commissioners of oath, among others, to assist people who required proof of residence in their areas.