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Zimbabwe Phasing Out Metal Identity Cards Ahead of 2018 Elections

  • Gibbs Dube

FILE - Zimbabwean women react as they wait to casts their votes at a polling station in Domboshava, about 45 km (28 miles) north of Harare, July 31, 2013.

Zimbabwe’s Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede says the government is in the process of phasing out metal identity documents in preparation for the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise set to be conducted sometime this year by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in preparation for the 2018 general elections.

According to the state-controlled Herald newspaper, Mudede says Zimbabweans should have plastic identity documents in order to be eligible to be registered in the country’s voters roll.

He told the newspaper that only plastic identity documents can be used for registration in the voters’ roll using the BVR scheme.

As a result, Mudede says, all metal identity documents would be phased out and anyone in possession of the documents won’t be eligible to vote.

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