Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Rita Makarau

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Rita Makarau

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has completed the mapping out exercise which will determine the location of registration centres which may ultimately become polling stations for the 2018 harmonised elections.

Briefing journalists in the capital this Monday, ZEC Chairperson Justice Rita Makarau , her deputy and the ZEC chief elections officer explained that the electoral body has already put down the agreed down payment for the biometric voter registration (BVR) kits and they now await their delivery by the contracted company Laxton Group of China.

The electoral body says the biometric voter registration exercise will start as soon as the kits are delivered.

In the mapping exercise, 9 663 voter registration centres have been identified in the 10 provinces of the country.

ZEC says all the identified centres will be able to cope with the registration exercise for all persons who are eligible to vote with the deployment of the 3 000 BVR kits that are expected to be delivered by the contracted company.

Justice Makarau said each BVR kit has the capacity to register over 6 000 people and the process should be completed well ahead of the harmonised elections which are due in March 2018.

She explained that the diaspora vote is not possible in the 2018 elections as it is not provided for under the current law.

Questioned on speculations by some that the ZEC is going to use a COPAC server for its data base, the elections administration body said the statements are unfounded and went on to dismiss plans to demonstrate against ZEC as baseless.

ZEC has been holding meetings with all stakeholders, including political parties, to iron out any misgivings and doubts for credible elections, come 2018.

A fleet of vehicles is already parked in the ZEC premises awaiting the rolling out of the BVR registration.