The Dead Wont Vote In 2018, Thanks to Technology


THE Bio-metric Voters Roll to be rolled out early next year will deal with irregularities which marred the old voters roll which according to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Rita Makarau contained dead people among a host of other anomalies.

Briefing journalist at the Meet the ZEC Chairperson media workshop in the capital Harare, ZEC Chair Justice Rita Makarau hinted that the bio-metric voters roll would be rolled out by June next year without fail and would see a new voters roll coming into effect.

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“Let me highlight firstly that the Bio-Metric voters Roll is not a voting system but a mechanism put in place to ensure voters register smoothly without any hurdles. Its a voter registration technology that would assist us in coming up with an accurate voters roll.

“Nothing changes on polling day, voters still need to bring their IDs even though they would have submitted their finger prints and photographs through the bio-metric system. The old voters roll contained some outdated information, you would see some dead people appearing in the voters roll, that is now a thing of the past, the Bio-metric voters roll will ensure we capture every detail,” said Makarau.

Women waiting to vote in Highfield

Women waiting to vote in Highfield

At least 25 countries in Africa have tried the  electronic voters roll system these include Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Malawi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Cote d’Ivoire. Many have failed spectacularly.
Meanwhile, Makarau assured the nation that the new voter registration system would not be used to intimidate voters especially those who reside in rural areas who have been victims of intimidation and political violence in run-up periods to elections.
Sovereign states are increasingly turning to Bio-metric voting systems to help support credible elections absent of fraud and illegal practices.
Even though Justice Makarau hinted that ZEC was still a long way from adopting a bio-metric system, recent election results from countries like Kenya and Ghana revealed that the system could expedite the counting of votes and produce results within a short space of time.
Zimbabwe at some point had to go for more than a month without releasing elections results under the excuse that ZEC was still undergoing a meticulous verification of the results.

Marvelous Chibagidhi

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