Countdown to BVR BLITZ END

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is implementing Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) in Zimbabwe’s 63 districts ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections. The exercise was launched on the 18th of September 2017 while a national blitz program aimed at registering Zimbabweans en-masse was launched on the 10th of October 2017. ZEC rolled out the first of four phases of the National Voter Registration Blitz at 2 508 voter registration centres across the country. Each phase is running for 16 days, while the whole registration blitz shall last 72 days. The first phase ended on the 25th of October 2017. This report aims to take stock of the implementation process of the first phase and the continuous process in the 63 districts.

The Election Resource Centre (ERC) in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) is tracking how the voter registration exercise is being administered and assessing the environment under which it is taking place. The ERC and ZimRights in their observation and monitoring effort aim to facilitate near real time responses to issues emanating from the BVR exercise. In doing so, a situation room comprising of a call centre, verification desk, and an escalation desk was established on the 10th of October 2017.  Additionally and in response to increasing numbers of turned away citizens, the ERC established a Citizen Justice Desk to assist citizens in filing their complaints and appeals with the Magistrate Court.

Furthermore, the ERC and Zimrights deployed 63 monitors in the 63 district voter registration centres. The observation effort covers both BVR implementation and voter education for voter registration. The unique oversight efforts are informed by the realisation that observation alone, while necessary is no longer adequate. Rather, a combination and complementary of observation coupled with near real time remedies to challenges and issues emanating from the BVR exercise enhances transparency and accountability in electoral processes.

Phase 2 of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise implemented by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) ahead of harmonized elections expected mid-2018 ended on the 13th of November 2017. The continuous BVR exercise was launched in 63 districts on 18 September 2017 while a national blitz program to register more Zimbabweans was launched on 10 October 2017. The blitz is being implemented in four phases ending on the 19th of December 2017.

The Election Resource Centre (ERC) and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) in their observation and monitoring effort aim to facilitate near real time responses to issues emanating from the BVR exercise. In doing so, an election situation room to receive issues was established on the 10th of October 2017.The ERC and ZimRights deployed 63 monitors in the 63 districts. The observation effort covers both BVR implementation and voter education for voter registration. The unique oversight efforts are informed by the realization that observation alone, while necessary is no longer adequate. Rather, a combination and complementary of observation coupled with near real time remedies to challenges and issues emanating from the BVR exercise enhances transparency and accountability in electoral processes.

This report therefore details observations of the citizens and observers, oversight and mobilization efforts of the ERC and ZimRights in the second phase of BVR implementation and the continuous process in 63 districts.

Phase 2 Final statistics

Harare 29.7%
Bulawayo 21.7%
Manicaland 34.4%
Mash Central 39.7%
Mash East 39.6%
Mash West 28.5%
Masvingo 41.5%
Mat North 34.8%
Mat south 28.2%
Midlands 37.5%

Latest % Voter Registration Report As @ : 13.11.2017

Harare 29.1%
Bulawayo 21.1%
Manicaland 33.8%
Mash Central 35.7%
Mash East 38.9%
Mash West 28.1%
Masvingo 39.8%
Mat North 34.1%
Mat south 27.3%
Midlands 35.0%

Latest % Voter Registration Report As @ : 12.11.2017

Harare 27.7%
Bulawayo 20.5%
Manicaland 33.0%
Mash Central 35.2%
Mash East 38.8%
Mash West 27.7%
Masvingo 39.4%
Mat North 23.4%
Mat south 26.6%
Midlands 34.5%

Latest % Voter Registration Report As @ : 09.11.2017

Harare 24.9%
Bulawayo 18.8%
Manicaland 31.2%
Mash Central 34.2%
Mash East 36.7%
Mash West 25.4%
Masvingo 37.0%
Mat North 28.2%
Mat south 25.1%
Midlands 32.9%

Latest % Voter Registration Report As @ : 08.11.2017

Harare 24.0%
Bulawayo 18.2%
Manicaland 30.5%
Mash Central 33.7%
Mash East 36.0%
Mash West 24.6%
Masvingo 36.0%
Mat North 27.8%
Mat south 24.4%
Midlands 32.2%

Latest % Voter Registration Report As @ : 07.11.2017

Harare 23.0%
Bulawayo 17.5%
Manicaland 29.5%
Mash Central 33.1%
Mash East 35.3%
Mash West 23.3%
Masvingo 35.1%
Mat North 27.4%
Mat south 23.6%
Midlands 31.4%

Latest % Voter Registration Report As @ : 05.11.2017

Harare 20.8%
Bulawayo 16.4%
Manicaland 28.2%
Mash Central 31.7%
Mash East 33.7%
Mash West 21.5%
Masvingo 33.5%
Mat North 26.6%
Mat south 22.1%
Midlands 30.0%

Latest % Voter Registration Report As @ : 04.11.2017

Harare 20.0%
Bulawayo 15.9%
Manicaland 27.3%
Mash Central 31.0%
Mash East 32.9%
Mash West 20.4%
Masvingo 32.5%
Mat North 26.0%
Mat south 21.5%
Midlands 23.9%

Latest % Voter Registration Report As @ : 23.10.17

Harare 11%
Bulawayo 7.6%
Manicaland 16.1%
Mash Central 17.7%
Mash East 18.6%
Mash West 8.3%
Masvingo 17.0%
Mat North 9.7%
Mat south 10.8%
Midlands 15.8%

% Voter Registration Report as @ 22.10.2017

Harare 10.4%
Bulawayo 7.1%
Manicaland 15.8%
Mash Central 17.2%
Mash East 18.4%
Mash West 7.9%
Masvingo 16.2%
Mat North 9.6%
Mat South 10.4%
Midlands 15.7%

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