ZAKA – Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (Cotrad) has said its voter mobilisers in Zaka District have observed that all the voter registration centres which use solar panels to charge the biometric voter registration (BVR) machines were forced to shut down from Thursday to Saturday.
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) officials at the affected registration centres said due to cloudy weather conditions, the solar panels failed to provide enough power to charge and run the BVR machines.
“We are seriously concerned about the significant number of eligible voters who are turned away at local registration centres which includes Siyawareva Clinic, Munjanja School, Chipezeze Primary, Mutamba Primary and Ferry Training Ground in Zaka Central. It’s now the third day today (Saturday) since the community encountered such registration challenges”, said Mercy Muziru, Cotrad voter mobiliser in Zaka Central ward 19.
The commission has no other alternative sources of power supply to charge the BVR machines.
Cotrad urged Zec to compensate the lost days so that the blitz will successfully run as it has been scheduled to allow all eligible people to register as voters.