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Mash West records increase in registrants

By Willie Mponda

Voter registrants in the Mashonaland West province continue to increase from previous released data of 611,751 to 625,869 a Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) report has revealed.
ZEC’s recently published reports further reflected that, the Mashonaland West province continues to experience increase in registrants since there was high voter education campaigns and voting centres.
Data released by ZEC indicates that the majority of those registered to vote in the province, which is 98% or 613,352 from the 625,869 on the voters’ roll are aged between 20 years and 44 years, only 2,4% are in the 45-60 age group.
ZEC further stipulated that, voter registration is still an ongoing process at the commission’s 10 provinces and 63 district offices which has only recorded 5,43 million out of their targeted number of 7 million people.
“ZEC has established more registration centres in the Mashonaland West for the continuous registration exercise to increase the numbers of registered voters as the data indicates the highest registration turnouts in the country. ZEC and civil society organisations have amplified voter education efforts particularly in the province since they have the highest number registered voters,” said a report.
However, ZEC commissioner Joyce Kazembe who spoke on behalf of the chairperson at a recent election workshop in Kariba expressed that, since the commission has fear of manipulation of data, the voters roll is ready for inspection.
“The commission allays fear of manipulation of data as it has an established data centre where BVR data is secured. Physical and technical access to this data centre is restricted to authorized ZEC personal. The commission is currently correcting data entry errors made by the voters registration office. Examples of the errors found in the data cleaning exercise include voters assigned to the wrong polling stations, duplicate IDs, and typographical errors,” she said.

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