70 percent of the population registers to vote

By Fungai Jachi

MORE than 70 percent of the country’s population has registered to vote ahead of the 2023 harmonised elections, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has said.

ZEC says the numbers are expected to go up as the polls draw closer.

ZEC spokesperson, Commissioner Jasper Mangwana disclosed that 70 percent of the national population has registered to vote with Midlands Province having the highest number of registered voters, accounting for 762 973 out of a total population of 937 253.

Mashonaland West Province has the least number of registered voters with 661 295 people out of a population of more than a million.

“We want to inform the nation that ZEC has managed to register over 70 percent of the adult population. This is a reflection that Zimbabweans have a keen interest to participate in the elections. The figures are impressive, and we are glad that the initiatives undertaken by the Commission are bearing fruit,” said Mangwana.

Commissioner Mangwana also gave an update on the boundary delimitation exercise.

“The process of delimitation is ongoing, and we are now at the stage of capacitating the technical staff. The actual pegging of boundaries is yet to be done as we are still undertaking capacitation programmes with awareness and outreach programs expected to be done as we want the public to understand the process of delimitation. All is in place, and we are hopeful of having peaceful elections next year,” he added.

The delimitation exercise is critical for outlining electoral boundaries, with ZEC having set the 31st of December as the deadline for the completion of the process, which is carried out every 10 years as stipulated by the Constitution.