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:
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.