Electoral Act Amendment: The Implications

By Tariro Senderayi President Robert Mugabe unilaterally amended the Electoral Act using the Presidential Temporary Measures Act recently; however, this move has raised an uproar considering that elections are around the corner. Section 24 of the Electoral Act has been amended to facilitate the shortening of time taken to register those who are able to complete their own claim forms by ZEC. Section 25 now …

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Successful voter registration: what ZEC needs to do?

By Nkanyiso Ncube Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) says it is concerned by how the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has handled the voter registration exercise which began on Monday this week. In a statement, the election watchdog said there was lack of consistency in the opening time at the various ZEC district offices and staff shortages. “ZESN observers have reported discrepancies in the days that …

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BVR registration: people raise concerns

Watmore Makokoba  The Registrar General’s office on September 4, 2017, launched a nationwide mobile exercise for people to acquire identity documents (IDs), death certificates and birth certificates. The process will last three months. The Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) has also commenced a mobile Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) process, which will run from September 18, 2017, to January 15, ahead of 2018 harmonized elections. Zimbabwe Human Rights …

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Why voter registration might experience delays

By Nkanyiso Ncube Biometric Voter Registration exercise which was scheduled to commence today (14 September 2017), is now expected to start on Monday. The change in dates follows the official launch of the BVR kits by President Robert Mugabe at State House. Using powers vested in him by Section 36 A (1) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13), the President had intended for the exercise …

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ERC questions ZEC on BVR

By Election Resource Centre This week the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) rolled out training of master trainers for the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) process.  Reports also indicate that ZEC received 400 kits for the BVR process from Laxton Group Limited.  Another batch of 2 600 kits is expected to be delivered before October 2017. The Election Resource Centre (ERC) notes that requests to be allowed …

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Why Mandaza thinks 2018 elections won’t happen

By Staff Reporter Sapes Trust director Ibbo Mandaza says there are possibilities that the country might not go for the much awaited and talked about 2018 general elections. Presenting a position paper at the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe stakeholders’ media conference, Mandaza said there was a chance of President Robert Mugabe dying because of age or formation of an inclusive government before 2018. “So I …

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Will MDC Alliance stand united till 2018?

By Nkanyiso Ncube MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu has said the MDC Alliance was work in progress and the challenges there are currently facing are normal. Writing on his Twitter account, Gutu said tolerance was key and there was no need for people to insult the MDC Alliance as it was a giant step in the right direction. “We’re not saying MDC Alliance doesn’t have any …

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Metal IDs: ZEC rubbishes Mudede

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Electoral Commission (ZEC) commissioner Netsai Mushonga has dismissed Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede’s statement with regards to metal IDs and voter registration. Registrar Mudede last week issued a statement saying that people with metal IDs will not be allowed to register and vote in the 2018 elections because their IDs are not machine-readable. Mudede added that people should take advantage of the …

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Why MDC-T wants ZEC to monitor mobile registration exercise

By Nkanyiso Ncube MDC-T has said plans by the Registrar General to roll out the three-month mobile registration exercise in an effort to phase out metal Identity cards should be designed in a manner that no eligible person would fail to obtain the new machine readable national ID. Addressing a media briefing on Tuesday, Registrar General (RG), Tobaiwa Mudede said the exercise entails the issuing …

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Why MDC-T wants ZEC to monitor mobile registration exercise

By Nkanyiso Ncube MDC-T has said plans by the Registrar General to roll out the three-month mobile registration exercise in an effort to phase out metal Identity cards should be designed in a manner that no eligible person would fail to obtain the new machine readable national ID. Addressing a media briefing on Tuesday, Registrar General (RG), Tobaiwa Mudede said the exercise entails the issuing …

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