Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) CEO, Mrs Constance Chigwamba says a total of 485 827 people have registered since the rolling out of the biometric voter registration blitz phase one last Monday the 10th of October.

The figure includes prospective voters from static registration centres for the period between 18 September and 9 October 2017.

The figure however does not include submissions from 610 out of the 2 591 centres as of Sunday 15 October at 4 pm.

The 610 centres could not submit their figures by Sunday due to problems in connectivity and communication as officers have to drive to places that have networks or fixed mobile phones to convey their statistics.

According to ZEC statistics by province, by Sunday the 15th at 4pm Bulawayo had registered 13 119 people translating to just 3.2 percent of projected voter population,

Harare 55 201 (4.1 percent) people, Manicaland 87882 (9,6 percent), Mashonaland Central 66 511 (10.7 percent), Mashonaland East 93 309 (8,6 percent), Mashonaland West 31 432 (3.8 percent), Masvingo 57 470 voters, Matabeleland North 15 114, Matabeleland South 16 883  and the Midlands province 48 483 people.

Mrs Chigwamba explained some of the challenges the process continues to face such as failure to acquire proof of residence due to reluctance by some traditional leaders to render the necessary assistance and with others demanding some form of payment for providing commissioner of oath services.

Voter registration was launched on 14 September 2017 and voter registration at static centres started on 18th September, while the national mobile blitz commenced on 10th October with 2697 kits deployed.