Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede was quoted by ZBC News as saying that old metal identity cards will not be accepted for voting in next year’s elections. Mudede is quoted as saying that the old metal identity cards will not be accepted for voting as they cannot be read by a biometric machine.
However, The Herald quotes Mudede as saying that the plastic cards will be used for biometric voter registration and that the metal identity cards cannot be read by biometric scanners. Said Mudede:
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They (metal identity cards) are not biometric. Our system has been biometric since 2010. Our cards will be requiring signatures, fingerprints and we have machines to take the images. People are also advised to come in better attires, with their heads and ears not covered. We want proper identification. That is international. People are encouraged to take this opportunity to obtain identity documents and also correct errors. It is our stand that everyone should be registered and it will not be possible for anybody to go to elections next year without the documents and argue that she or he was never allowed to register. You will never be allowed to vote without these documents. I am sure the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) will be coming behind us so that there will be verification at the same time.
Tobaiwa Mudede is a former prominent civil servant who was Registrar General of Zimbabwe from 1985 to September 2018. He is also a writer having authored the book ,Genetically Modified Organism(GMOs) and Population Control Drugs in Developing Countries. As RG, he held controversial views on... Read More About Tobaiwa Mudede
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