Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) has urged his congregants and members of other churches to register to vote under the new biometric voter registration (BVR) system.

He was speaking at a special service held at ZCC at Mutendi to celebrate his birthday.

People across the country are in the process of registering to vote under the new BVR in preparation for the 2018 general elections. 

While various platforms are being used to educate the public and make them aware that the process has started in some remote communities, information is still lacking.

The church has joined the awareness campaign with Bishop Mutendi who presides over an estimated 600 000 church members, urging his congregants to be on the forefront of registering to vote.

Bishop Mutendi also said the current economic challenges are not a permanent phase but will come to pass.

Member of the House of Assembly for Masvingo North, Cde Davis Marapira made a call on the more than 30 000 people who attended the special church service to take part in the command agriculture programme.

Bishop Mutendi was celebrating his 78th birthday.