Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) blitz entered its fourth and last phase on 4 December 2017 and ended on 19 December 2017. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) established 2 582 registration centers in the country’s 10 provinces. During phase four, the Election Resource Centre (ERC) embarked on an extensive mobilization exercise to increase turnout, particularly, in Harare and Bulawayo. ERC conducted roadshows, distributed Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material, launched social media campaigns, exhibited at different platforms and provided a bus shuttle service.

Further, the ERC continued observing and monitoring the BVR process in partnership with the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights).  The observation and monitoring effort aims to facilitate near real time responses to issues emanating from the BVR exercise.

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.

The third phase of BVR was implemented from 16 November to 01 December 2017. It proceeded smoothly despite political challenges that characterized the country. However, the political challenges saw a dip in the registration figures recorded during the period. Biometric Voter Registration was launched in 63 districts of Zimbabwe on 18 September 2017. A blitz program to register more Zimbabweans was launched on 10 October 2017. The blitz is being implemented in four phases. In an effort to monitor the process the Election Resource Centre (ERC) and Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights) established an election situation room comprising a call centre, a citizen justice desk and an escalation desk. The two organizations also deployed 63 monitors in the 63 districts to monitor the continuous voter registration process. Additionally, a total of 330 sampled observers were deployed across the country for the third phase.

MOP UP Phase current statistics

Harare 58.7%
Bulawayo 55.1%
Manicaland 73.5%
Mash Central 79.1%
Mash East 77.2%
Mash West 64.2%
Masvingo 74.4%
Mat North 79.1%
Mat south 63.5%
Midlands 79.8%

Phase 4 Final statistics

Harare 55.4%
Bulawayo 52.4%
Manicaland 71.4%
Mash Central 77.4%
Mash East 74.9%
Mash West 62.4%
Masvingo 72.1%
Mat North 76.8%
Mat south 59.9%
Midlands 76.1%

Phase 3 Final statistics

Harare 41.1%
Bulawayo 34.6%
Manicaland 49.6%
Mash Central 58.8%
Mash East 53.3%
Mash West 42.9%
Masvingo 57.2%
Mat North 52.6%
Mat south 43.6%
Midlands 54.5%

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%

Phase 1 final statistics

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%

Kenya’s supreme court  declared Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in the presidential election last month invalid and ordered a new vote to be held within 60 days.

The decision to nullify the result, a first in Kenya, sets up a new race for the presidency between Kenyatta and the veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.

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