Staff Writer 27 July 2017
HARARE – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) – the largest
independent observer group in the country – has called upon the Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission (Zec) to expedite the procurement of the software for
the central database or central Automated Finger Identification System
(AFIS) for the bio-metric voter registration (BVR)system.
Zesn said the quality of the central database and AFIS software in use
will affect the ability to store all pertinent registration data and the
speed with which the registration details will be processed in order to
check for duplicate records in the entire database.
“Zesn believes that in light of the tight timelines provided by the
Commission regarding the commencement of the BVR exercise, it is
imperative for Zec to timely procure the software for the central database
and the AFIS through an open tender,” the observer group said.
The BVR kits will capture each voter’s fingerprints, facial photograph and
other personal information such as name, surname, sex and address.