By Nkanyiso Ncube
MDC-T has said plans by the Registrar General to roll out the three-month mobile registration exercise in an effort to phase out metal Identity cards should be designed in a manner that no eligible person would fail to obtain the new machine readable national ID.
Addressing a media briefing on Tuesday, Registrar General (RG), Tobaiwa Mudede said the exercise entails the issuing out of birth and death certificates as well as national identity cards in preparation for voter registration.
More importantly, the Registrar–General announced that metal national identity cards are being phased out and that only those people with machine–readable plastics IDs will be able to register as voters.
In a statement, MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) should have an equal distribution plan to reach out to all areas and leave no one behind.
“The MDC sincerely hopes that this three–month mobile registration exercise shall be equitably distributed throughout the country’s urban, rural, peri–urban and commercial farming areas.
“On numerous occasions, Zimbabweans, particularly those who live in urban areas, have complained about the long delays in queues for voter registration, which state of affairs has unfortunately contributed to voter apathy in these areas,” said the MDC-T spokesperson.
Gutu encouraged the youth to obtain the plastic IDs adding that 2018 elections present them with a great opportunity to dethrone the Zanu Pf government.
“We would also like to call upon Zimbabweans, particularly the youth, to make sure that they obtain the new machine–readable national IDs. The 2018 elections offer the suppressed and impoverished masses of Zimbabwe a unique opportunity to boot the insipidly corrupt and hopelessly incompetent Zanu PF regime out of power for good.
Gutu added that “MDC shall remain vigilant to ensure that Mudede and people of his ilk are not allowed to hoodwink the toiling masses of Zimbabwe by designing and facilitating an election rigging exercise under the guise of a national mobile registration program.
The Zanu PF regime, together with Tobaiwa Mudede, cannot be easily trusted. They have a chequered record that makes the majority of the people extremely suspicious about the exact intentions of the planned national mobile registration exercise.