In a recent interview with NewsDay, Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn)’s director, Rindai Chipfunde-Vava, supported the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)’s decision to award the tender to supply biometric voter registration (BVR) kits to Chinese firm Laxton Group Limited saying that the company and the losing bidder, Dermalog Identification Systems from Germany have extensive experience supplying BVR equipment.
She also advised opposition parties who have criticised ZEC’s choice, to look into the technical aspects which have more to do with ZEC than with the supplier. Said Chipfunde-Vava:
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The media should seek to establish key issues in handling and management of data, like: Who delivered the training to BVR operators? Was the training properly conducted? Technical support mechanisms: Who does the operator call when something goes wrong? How (and how quickly) will a faulty kit be replaced? What is the impact on voter registration service? Downtime? Swap repair? Adequate spares?) Is there a data recovery process in the event of kit failure?
Zimbabwe Election Support Network It is a coalition of more than 30 non-governmental organisations formed in 2000 to coordinate activities pertaining to elections in Zimbabwe. The major focus of the Network is to promote democratic processes in general and free and fair elections in particular.... Read More About ZESN
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... Read More About Zimbabwe Electoral Commission