The biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise has hit the 5 million mark.

The figure was reached on Sunday the 21st of January following the commencement of the mop up exercise which began on the 10th of this month and will end on February 8th.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Deputy Chair, Commissioner Emmanuel Magade said the exercise has been a success so far with the 5 million registering, although the commission still has more ground to cover.

The mop up exercise is an extension of the previous BVR which began on the 10th of October 2017 and closed on the 19th of December.

The first BVR blitz, which was undertaken in four phases, saw 4,6 million managing to register out of the estimated 7 million by 2018.

Commissioner Magade also explained the circumstances surrounding the invitation of the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC) to look into the commission’s books, saying the move has nothing to do with commissioners or the preparations for the 2018 elections.