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Zimbabwe Elections 2018: Electoral Body Self-Certifies Readiness to Conduct Biometric Voter Registration

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The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has announced the launch of a national Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) campaign blitz ahead of the country’s harmonized 2018 general elections.

The 72 days exercise is expected to commence on the 10th of October and would be carried out in four phases according to the commission.

The exercise was put into motion following an earlier report that confirmed the delivery of about 2,600 BVR kits to the electoral commission by Laxton, a chinese group contracted by the government.

ZEC chairperson, Rita Makarau, disclosed at least 31,856 Zimbabweans have been registered during the district-based voter registration exercise using about 400 BVR kits earlier supplied by the company.

The commission looks to register about 7 million voters up from the 6.8 million voters registered in the 2013 elections fraught with irregularities in the electoral roll.

More details on the BVR blitz is available on the commission’s website.

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