Source: BVR captures 44 percent of potential voters | The Financial Gazette November 30, 2017
AT least 44 percent of potential voters have been registered under the on-going biometric voter registration (BVR) system being conducted by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in preparation for next year’s elections.
As of beginning of this week, some 3,1 million people, an average of 43,6 percent of potential voters had been registered, more than 400 000 of them having been registered in the last week alone.
Statistics released by the electoral body showed that in the second week into the third of the four-phase registration process, a total of 3 152 694 citizens out of a national potential of 7 224 129 voters had registered amid indications that the process that had slowed down due to uncertainty caused by the change of government was picking up again.
Of the country’s 10 provinces, Bulawayo had the lowest number of people who had registered under the BVR system, with 126 121 people registered (30,8percent) out of a potential number of 409 389.
Mashonaland West had 293 370 people registered (35,2 percent) out of a population of 834 414.
This was the second lowest registered voter tally. Matabeleland South at 136 785 registered voters (38,4 percent) out of 356 586 had the third lowest number of people registered.
Masvingo province had the highest percentage of registered people at 403 087 (53,4 percent) out of a potential of 754 314 followed by Mashonaland Central which registered 331 176 (53,4 percent) out of the province’s potential of 620 279 while Mashonaland East had 368 615 people registered (50,1 percent) out of 735 790 potential voters.
Harare, with the largest population of potential voters of 1 345 818 people, had the highest number of registered voters at 500 218 (37,2 percent) while Midlands had 404 967 people registered (46,8 percent) out of a potential of 865 185. Manicaland had 410 833 registered (45 percent) out of potential of 912 762 potential voters.
ZEC indicated that the provincial figures do not necessarily reflect the number of registered voters specific to a particular province since voters can register anywhere in the country, although actual voting would be done at a particular ward.
The figures showed that nearly
60 000 people have been turned away from the BVR processes for various reasons, among them being unqualified to vote by virtue of being aliens, lack of proof of residence and having no valid identification documents.
In his inaugural speech last week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa who replaced Robert Mugabe as the leader of the country ― revealed that elections would be held next year as scheduled, bringing to an end speculation that suggested that the elections would be postponed in favour of a coalition government similar to the one the country had between 2009 and 2013.