Zimbabwe: Mudede metal ID ban triggers panic

Published: 31/Aug/2017
Source: Daily News (Harare)

By Fungi Kwaramba

HARARE – Government’s announcement that it is phasing out metal identity cards (IDs) has caused panic among civic society and the opposition movement as they fear this could displace millions of voters ahead of next year’s eagerly-awaited elections.

This comes as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is at the cusp of opening the biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise for prospective voters for the crucial 2018 polls.

On Tuesday, Registrar-General (RG) Tobaiwa Mudede announced he will roll out a three-month national mobile registration exercise in which he would be issuing plastic IDs as replacements for the long standing metals cards.

Yesterday, civic society and the opposition parties suspected that the move could disenfranchise voters and aid Zanu PF in the make-or-break elections.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports, Voter Registration
Regions: Zimbabwe
Year: 2017