'Biometric voters' roll the way to go'

HARARE - Plans by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to introduce a biometric voters’ roll in the much-anticipated 2018 elections will go a long way in addressing the contentious issues surrounding elections in the country.

Speaking on the sidelines of an All Stakeholders meeting held on Tuesday, spokesperson of the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC Obert Gutu however, said Zanu PF will resist the biometric voters’ roll.

Gutu said all opposition parties must take the governing party head-on in order to have the system adopted.

“The Zanu PF dictatorship is not at all comfortable with the biometric voter registration, biometric voters’ roll system, whatever format of biometric voters’ roll that might be adopted.”

A senior member of the Tendai Biti’s People Democratic Party, Settlement Chikwinya, concurred that the biometric voters’ roll was the only way forward and temper-proof.

“Biometric voters’ roll is the way to go, we know that the government is broke but they must make sure that the biometric voters’ roll issue come to pass.

“However, we are still concerned about the Zec secretariat. We also want Zec to create a platform where we tell them our concerns instead of coming to brief without us talking.”

“We must not use complicated options; Zec must allow people to vote on the voting day using their identity cards.”

Little known political party Suffering Voices of Zimbabwe president Welcome Shumba also supported the view that 2018 elections should be held using a biometric voters’ roll.

“We know that the government do not have resources but it’s high time as a country we moved away from manual registration,” Shumba said.

However, Renewal Democrats president Elton Mangoma dismissed the electronic voters’ roll, suggesting that voters should use their identity cards to vote during the 2018 elections.

On Tuesday, Zec announced that they want to run 2018 election with a biometric voters’ roll.

“If you remember the 2013 elections one of the sticking issue which came out was the state of our voter’s roll,” Zec chairperson Rita Makarau said.

Comments (3)

The use of the biometric voting system will enable and reduce double voting. But the problem is not on the voting count. The problem is on the announcement of the winner of the results. Rita Makarau has no back bone to announce the winner except ZANU PF. The only way this expensive system can be of you is if the biometric can be linked to electronic voters roll that is kept outside Zimbawe and results having no one in Zimbabwe to verify or ascertain. CIO and military will intimidated anyone who may want to announce anyone if its not Mugabe or Zanu PF. But if the system is done elsewhere then there will be results for all to see and not manipulate.

amina - 13 May 2016

just give Zimbabwe a servant rather than a master government and the people's true genius will explode and flourish!

chris - 13 May 2016

Nikuv will Nikuv the biometric system anyway. MDC can continue dreaming about winning elections in Zimbabwe under Robert and his henchmen. Dream on dudes. Mudede is a master at rigging...remove him and his team by whatever means

gamuchirayi - 14 May 2016

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