The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has described the new national biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise as successful after the process registered about 4,9 million voters since inception in September last year.

4,879,482 voters have registered as ZEC embarks on a mop up, targeting over 5 million voters.

After observing challenges faced on voters and civil registration exercises where some people were left out of the voter registration blitz conducted from the 14 of September to 19 December last year, ZEC will embark on a mop up exercise starting on tomorrow, 10 January up to the 8th of February to give aliens and other people who could not register an opportunity to do so.

“We have set up a total of 2850 mobile and 87 static registration centres countrywide and we encourage all unregistered voters to take advantage of this registration extension to register,” appealed ZEC Acting Chairperson, Commissioner Emmanuel Magade during a media briefing in Harare today.

The BVR process, which is expected to come up with a new voters roll for the 2018 harmonised elections has so for surpassed the number of voters that used to fluctuate between 3 million and 3,4 million in the old and retired voters roll.