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Mop-up Exercise: Get Your ID and Register to Vote in 2018

Harare - Zimbabwean citizens willing to get identification documents must take advantage of the ongoing countrywide exercise by the Registr...

Harare - Zimbabwean citizens willing to get identification documents must take advantage of the ongoing countrywide exercise by the Registrar- General's office, focusing on registration of national identity cards and birth and death certificates, ahead of the 2018 elections.  

Citizens by descent, often referred to as aliens are also being covered during the mop-up period. The one-month mop-up exercise commenced began on 16 April, until May 16. another extensive mobile registration began in September 2017 ending January 31, 2018. 

Many people were turned away for failing to produce IDs and “aliens” who did not have birth certificates, during the biometric voter registration conducted by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

“The mop-up vital civil registration exercise has started throughout the whole country at designated centres and static offices,” announce Tobaiwa Mudede.

“The said mobile registration began on Monday, April 16, 2018 to May 16, 2018. This exercise is an extension of the vital civil mobile registration which commenced last year in September and ended on January 31, 2018.

“The documents are required to facilitate the registration of voters in preparation for the forthcoming harmonised elections.”
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Documents to be covered during the registration included “national identity cards, birth certificates, death certificates and citizens by descent (person born outside Zimbabwe one of whose parents is a citizen by birth).”

He said the desired personal documents would be issued free of charge.

“The respective itineraries will be available at the provincial and district offices countrywide. Please contact provincial or district registrars for further information. We would like to thank Treasury for availing the funds for this important exercise to be carried out.”

The initial mobile registration exercise had mobile teams in every district in the country’s 10 provinces. Those with metal identity cards to change to polythene-synthetic identity cards, are urged to visit the respective offices, while metal identity cards remain valid and authentic.

As of 13 December 2017, ZEC has registered 4,173,897. The fourth and last phase of the biometric voter registration blitz, which began on the 4th of December will end on the 19th of December.

Harare has the most registered people with 648,590 while Bulawayo has the least registered people with 171,543. A total of 73,274 people have been turned away so far due to various reasons with Mashonaland West being the province with the most people that were turned away at 11,936. - Online Sources 

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