Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Justice Rita Makarau said that biometric voter registration (BVR) for the 2018 elections will start in the middle of 2018.
She said that the dates proclaimed by President Robert Mugabe were meant to act as a guide as to when ZEC should have a voters roll. She said continous voter registration will commence after the January 2018 deadline. Said Makarau:
But the blitz for the 2018 elections will start middle of October and it will run up to the date that the President has proclaimed for the purposes of us coming up with a new voters’ roll parallel to that and after the blitz, continuous voter registration will continue to run. So, it’s starting now and it will run together with the blitz. It will continue after the blitz and it will continue as the law demands. The voters’ roll for the 2018 elections will close 12 days after nomination, but it will now be the continuous voter registration exercise not the blitz.
Rita Makarau is a Zimbabwean female judge and the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. She is the first female Judge President of Zimbabwe. Makarau is also the Electoral Commissions Forum-SADC President. Read More
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is an independent body which controls and or manages all election processes at all levels in Zimbabwe. Despite being registered as a non-partisan body, ZEC has been criticised for aligning itself with the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) since its formation. Read More
Robert Mugabe is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and statesman who has been President of the Republic of Zimbabwe since 1987. Previously, he was the prime minister of Zimbabwe since the attainment of independence until 1980. He is also the co-founder of the ZANU-PF. By different sections of people both locally and abroad, Mugabe has been viewed as both a ruthless dictator and champion of the previously marginalised interest of the majority black people. Most recently he is most known for leading Zimbabwe into one of its worst periods economically, but also leading the crafting of the land question through the Third Chimurenga exercise of the 2000 - 2010 decade. Read More