The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says the biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise is progressing well in Matabeleland South Province with calls for eligible voters to come in their numbers and participate in the crucial exercise.

The voter registration exercise is on course in Matabeleland South Province with the first phase of the exercise having so far covered Insiza and the greater part of Umzingwane district.

Registration of voters under the second phase has started in Bulilima, Matobo and Umzingwane districts.

In an interview with ZBC News, ZEC acting provincial elections officer, Mr Rabson Nyoni said the turnout was fair in the two districts covered but encouraged people to take advantage of the ongoing exercise to register to vote.

The provincial voter education coordinator  Mr Andrew Tlou said although people are initially skeptical about the BVR technology that captures one’s fingerprints and facial features, awareness programmes being carried out by ZEC have helped allay the fears.

Voter educators have also been discouraging traditional leaders from making people pay for proof of residence which is among the requirements for one to register to vote.

Such cases have been reported in Insiza district.

Matabeleland South has 168 wards and 629 registration