Communities urged to register to vote at ZEC District and Provincial Offices

MEMBERS of the public have been urged to continue registering to vote at static Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) centres as the country gears up for the Delimitation Exercise set for this year.

This comes after the end of phase two of the mobile biometric voter registration Blitz which ended last week on Saturday.

The second phase saw an increase in numbers of those who registered compared to the first phase. Statistics from ZEC show that a total of 109 400 people registered to vote countrywide during the second phase, a majority being male.

Of the total 12 377 were recorded in Bulawayo, 4079 in Matabeleland North and 4993 in Matabeleland South Province.

In an interview, Bulawayo District Elections Officer, Sithembiso Khuphe said although the blitz has come to an end, residents should continue to register.

“We have come to an end of the mobile BVR Blitz but it does not mean that registration has closed. As the registry offices continues to issue identity cards daily, we need them to come to our offices and register to vote,” said Khuphe.

“In Bulawayo we have four machines and we are ready to register anyone who will come to our Famona office. We call upon them to come in numbers and register so that we have more numbers as we gear towards the Delimitation Exercise.”

Khuphe added that voter education is still accessible from the public media and online platforms.

“We still need engagement with communities and we are continuously do voter education. Residents can engage with us on social media platforms so that they get all the information on why they should register and participate in all these electoral processes.”

In a statement issued on April 30, ZEC said although the official deadline had come to an end, “the Commission’s 63 Districts and 10 Provincial offices will remain open during normal working hours for purposes of continuous voter registration in terms of Section 17A of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13).”

The second phase of the mobile biometric voter registration Blitz started on April 11, after phase one ran through the month of February. ZEC says the outcome of the exercise will help in the Delimitation of new electoral Constituencies ahead of the 2023 General Elections.

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