By Daniel Chigundu
ZIMBABWE Electoral Commission (ZEC) commissioner Netsai Mushonga has dismissed Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede’s statement with regards to metal IDs and voter registration.
Registrar Mudede last week issued a statement saying that people with metal IDs will not be allowed to register and vote in the 2018 elections because their IDs are not machine-readable.
Mudede added that people should take advantage of the three-month mobile registration exercise that will start on the 4th of September to ensure they have plastic IDs.
Asked on her Twitter handle by Young Voters Platform, to give an official ZEC position with regards to metal IDs, Commissioner Mushonga said nothing has changed and both plastic and metal IDs are valid.
“Both IDs work just fine.
“According to the Constitution Chapter 12, Section 239(c) ZEC has sole mandate to register voters and Section 235 says no one should interfere,” said Commissioner Mushonga.
Earlier this week, election watchdog Zimbabwe Election Support Network said it was concerned that ZEC is allowing other organisations to issue statements on elections, a development which it says was likely to cause confusion.
“ZESN appreciates the efforts of the RG’s office to facilitate the acquisition of National Identity Documents (IDs) in preparation of the voter registration process; however ZESN recommends that ZEC be the only authority that makes official pronouncements on electoral processes to minimize confusion.
“For instance, the RG’s pronouncements regarding whether citizens classified as Aliens will be allowed to register and vote in 2018 are contrary to the pronouncements made earlier by ZEC Chairperson who said that the so called Aliens are eligible to vote,” said ZESN in a statement.