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    5 000 BVR registered voters have died - ZEC



    NKULUMANI MLAMBO

    KARIBA – Of the 5,4 million voters registered under the new BVR system, 5 000 or 0.1% have since died and they have been struck off the roll, ZEC deputy director, voter registration and delimitation, Collins Muchenjekwa has said.
    Muchenjekwa said this in an exclusive interview with The Mirror on the sidelines of a Media and Election Reporting workshop organised by the Media Commission held in Kariba last week.
    He said that those who are dead are people who went to the registration centres between September 2017 and February 2018 and successfully registered to vote. He said that the figure has since gone up because statistics for March, April and May is not included.
    The statics was obtained from the Registrar General's office, said Muchenjekwa.
    "Some 5 000 registered voters have died between September 2017 and February 2018, according to information collected from the Registrar of Deaths. These are people who went to voter registration centres in the last six months and successfully registered.
    "We will continue to clean the voter's roll until the day of the elections," said Muchenjekwa.
    He said inspection of the voters' role will take place between May 19 and 29, 2018.
    The total number of voters registered as of last week was 5,4 million and the exercise will continue at provincial and district registration centres throughout the country until 12 days after the sitting of the nomination court.
    He also said that the Commission will embark on massive voter education campaign on the need to inspect the voters' roll in order to identify mistakes for correction before the polling day.
    "From May 17, 2018 and before inspection of the voters' roll the Commission will deploy four voter educators per ward in all the country's 1958 wards. These will move door to door mobilising those who registered and those who intend to do so to visit their polling stations," said Muchenjekwa.
    He added that the polling stations will be open from 7am to 5pm to allow as many people as possible to inspect their names.
    Inspection of the voters' roll will be done for 11 days beginning May 19 to 29.
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