‘Biometric voters’ roll the way to go’

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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.

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