Zimbabwe on Tuesday kicked off its voter registration “blitz” throughout the country, in what officials hope will be a signal for hundreds to hurry to various centers to register to vote in the 2018 general elections.
The voter registration process, which was officially launched by President Robert Mugabe at the State House in September, aims to enroll seven million eligible voters into the system, before the end of January.
Following disputed outcomes in previous elections and allegations of voter fraud, the country has ditched the old paper system in favor of the fool-proof Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits, which will use finger prints, eye pupils and other tamper-proof ways to ensure that only those registered can vote, and only once.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has secured 3,000 BVR kits for the registration process, and will be rotating them around the country, during its four-phase registration period.
The first phase of the registration process kicked off Tuesday, October 10 and will end on Wednesday, October 25th. Three other phases will follow through December 19th. Registration will take place in 63-districts in all of the country’s 10 Provinces.
For details of the voter registration centers, visit http://www.zec.gov.zw. Below is a synopsis of the various districts for the 1st Phase, extracted from the ZEC website.
- Bulawayo Central
- Bulawayo East
Chitungwiza: St. Mary’s Zengeza East & West, Chitungwiza North
Chipinge – Central, West, East And South
Chimanimani – East & West
Mutare – South & West
Mbire – Guruve North
Muzarabani – North & South
Mt. Darwin – North & West
Mudzi – North, West & South
Mutoko – East, North And South
Uzumba – Maramba Pfungwe
Kariba – Nyaminyami
Hurungwe – Magunje, Central, East, North & West
Chiredzi – East, West, South & North
Mwenezi – East & West
Chivi – South
Lupane – East & West
Binga – North & South
Umzingwane – Matobo North & Umbzingwane
Insiza – Insiza, North & South
Gwokwe North –
Gokwe – Chireya
Gokwe – Nembudziya
Gokwe – Gumunyu
Gokwe South -