By Shingirai Vambe
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has extended the ongoing voter registration and voter education mop-up exercise by 5 more days, now closing on the 26th instead of March 21 2023.
“The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) would like to advise the public that the voter registration blitz and voter education has been extended by 5 more days”.
A myriad of challenges pointed out by stakeholders left the institution without choice but to extend as more people were coming out to register to vote.
Most centres faced challenges from day one of the exercise, such as electricity, malfunctioning Biometric Voter Registration machines to mention just a few.
Speaking with an official in Manicaland, he said, citizens have raised interest in this last minute blitz and the response is overwhelming.
According to the constitution, the country is supposed to hold its general election mid this year and only those registering during this period will be added in the voters’ role and they will be eligible to vote on election day.
The Commission has a ZWL $24 billion budget for the ongoing exercise as well as the issuance of National Documents through the Civil Registry Department targeting potential voters without identity documents.