Huge turnout as BVR mop up closes

There was a massive turnout of registrants in Masvingo and other centres, including Harare, as the biometric voter registration (BVR) mop up exercise came to a close yesterday.
Large groups of registrants were seen patiently queueing at registration centres nationwide.

By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Masvingo province elections officer Zex Pudurai, who said the mop up exercise was a huge success, revealed that as of February 7, 38 513 people had registered, comprising 20 861 females and 17 652 males in the province.

“We never exceeded 3 million registrants before, but this year we have managed to register over 5,3 million people. As Zec, this has been a huge success.”

Spiwe Dzambara a woman in her early 20s, said the previous voter registration process that was scrapped was cumbersome, but BVR was faster as there were more centres to register at.

“You spend a few minutes waiting though today it is different as a lot of people who had not registered want to register.”

Dzambara said she decided to register because she realised that her vote counts.

Another woman in her late 30s said she also decided to register on the last day because of fear of being victimised.

“I feared what the future might hold for me if I did not come and register. That is reason why I am here,” Mitchelle Phiri said.

Purported Zanu PF activists and some traditional leaders have been forcing registrants to surrender their BVR slips serial numbers.

Phiri also commended Zec officers for aiding people with disabilities.


Ngonidzashe Matenga, who said it was his first time to register to vote, saw it necessary because he wants to choose his President.

“My vote counts and adds value to the person chosen as President. Before this new system voting was not necessary it was obvious.”

Artwel Murambatsvina was thankful to commissioners of oath, who made registering easy for people with no proof of residence.

3 Comments

  1. i am very impressed but why leave it until the last minute ladies and gentlemen but anyway it has finally dawned on everyone that this is the way to go and lets maintain the spirit of participating in chosing our leaders and not to leave it to our neigbhors.

  2. did you carry your children on your backs to do this. I did. the future is theirs not ours anymore.

  3. NICE numbers from ZEC but it should also be mad clear that registration has not closed, it is only the Blitz with mobile registration points that will end. One can still register at any ZEC district and provincial offices country wide. Please see offices below. Feel free to copy and paste.

    Bulawayo

    Rylanders Court, Windsor Park Complex, 16th Ave, Fomona, Bulawayo

    Harare

    Remembrance Complex, No 2 Remembrance Drive, Mbare
    Seke Teachers’ College, Stand No 16120, Mangwende Drive, Chitungwiza
    Manicaland

    Buhera Rural District Council Offices, Murambinda, Buhera
    Chimanimani Rural District Council Offices, Chimanimani
    New Government Complex, Block B 2nd floor, Chipinge
    District Administrator’s Complex, Chingaira Building, Rusape
    District Administrator’s Complex, 43 Tembwe Street, Mutare
    DC Mutasa Messenger’s Camp, Stand 4894, Mutasa
    District Administrator’s Complex, Nyanga

    Mashonaland Central

    Mutungagore Building, Office No G73, Bindura
    Old Magistrate Court, District Administrator’s Complex, Guruve
    District Administrator’s Complex, Concession, Mazowe
    Mbire Rural District Council Offices, Mbire
    District Administrator’s Complex, Office No 27, Mt Darwin
    Palmwal Agencies Building, Stand 145, Centenary
    District Administrator’s Complex, Office No 14, Rushinga
    Stand No 203, Main Street, Shamva
    Mashonaland East

    The Range, District Administrator’s Office, Chikomba
    Public Works Complex, Goromonzi
    District Administrator’s Office, No 1 First Street, Marondera
    Government Complex, Kotwa Growth Point, Mudzi
    Murewa Rural District Council Offices, Murewa Growth Point, Murewa
    Mutoko District Development Fund Complex, Mutoko
    District Administrator’s Complex, Cnr Mharapara/Mangwende Drive, Chitungwiza
    Mutawata Government Complex, Mutawatawa
    District Administrator’s Complex, Wedza Growth Point, Wedza

    Mashonaland West

    Chegutu Municipality, Queens Street, Chegutu Civic Centre, Chegutu
    Hurungwe Rural District Council Offices, 262 Chikangwe Road, Karoi
    Public Works Kariba Depot, Kariba
    Public Works Department, Makonde Depot, Chinhoyi
    Sanyati Rural District Council Offices, 8 Warwick Road, Kadoma
    Murombedzi Governmetn Complex, Murombedzi

    Masvingo

    Institute of Training and Development, Nyika Growth Point, Bikita
    Stand No A80A, Cnr Crocodile St / Msasa St, District Development Fund Workshop, Chiredzi
    District Administrator’s Complex, Chivi Growth Point, Chivi
    Gutu Old Post Office, Cnr Harare Road / Chatsworth Road, Gutu Growth Point, Gutu
    District Administrator’s Complex, Cnr Leopold Takawira St / Hughes St, Masvingo
    Big Six Complex, Rutenga Growth Point, Mwenezi
    District Administrator’s Complex, Zaka

    Matabeleland North

    Binga Rural District Council Offices, Binga
    Stand No 2 / 1987, Bubi Rural District Council Houses, Bubi
    Thomas Coulter Annex School, Thomas Coulter Road, Hwange
    Stand No 246, Multipurpose Hall, Kusile Rural District Council Offices, Lupane
    Nkayi Rural District Office, Nkayi
    District Development Fund Training Centre, Tsholotsho

    Matabeleland South

    Office 5, Old Border Post, Beitbridge
    Stand 140, Peter Street, Hebron, Plumtree
    Office 10, Shashe Building, Cnr Lawley St / 6th Ave, Gwanda
    District Administrator’s Offices, Bulawayo-Mapisa Road, Kezi
    District Administrator’s Offices, Filabusi
    Umzingwane Rural District Council Offices, Umzingwane

    Midlands

    District Administrator’s Complex, Opposite Mvuma Tel-One Office, Mvuma
    Government Complex, Office No 57, Gokwe North
    Government Complex, Office No 103, Gokwe South
    Old Prison Complex, Office No 10, Main Street, Gweru
    Social Welfare Offices, Cnr 2nd Ave / 4th St, Kwekwe
    Ministry of Education Complex, Office No 3, Mberengwa
    Makusha Hall, Peak Road, Adjacent ZIMASCO Main Offices, Shurugwi
    New Government Complex, Zvishavane

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