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BVR: The Pros And Cons In Zimbabwe's Electoral System

By Malvern Mkudu

ZIMBABWE’S voters’ roll’s credibility has always been a contested matter with accusations of the existence of ghost voters and other voter irregularities being thrown around.

Government has also admitted that the voters roll is not in order.

This has resulted in growing calls for the implementation of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) system.

Last week saw opposition parties under the banner of NERA demonstrating against government’s decision to take over the financing of the BVR kits and equipment. Opposition parties are concerned that government will manipulate the process in favour of the ruling Zanu PF party.

In their defence government have reiterated that they are only financing the process but the UNDP led process of identifying the supplier of the equipment will not be interfered with.

Government through ZEC have also said the political parties will be invited to inspect the procurement from start to finish.

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