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Mobile Voter Registration for Delimitation

Delimitation preparations moved a notch higher when the Commission launched two nationwide mobile voter registration phases in February and April 2022.

A combined 194 625 new registrants were recorded in both phases, bringing the total cumulative figure of all registered voters as at 30 May 2022, including those who had registered in between phases to 5 795 547.

The first phase of the mobile voter registration exercise which ran from 01 to 28 February 2022 resulted in 83 402 new registrants being captured while 111 223 entries were recorded during the second phase which ran from 11 to 30 April 2022.

The Commission deployed 210 voter registration teams to cater for the 210 constituencies, in addition to the 63 district and 10 provincial static centres.

Each phase covered 2,713 centres. This was done to ensure that the Commission registered as many potential registrants as possible by bringing the voter registration centres close to the people.

However, incessant heavy rains experienced at the onset of the exercise, caused flooding in low-lying areas of Chimanimani, Muzarabani, Mudzi, Chipinge, Chikombedzi and Beitbridge thereby posing a challenge to personnel and equipment deployment in those areas.

A number of people were also turned away for being non- citizens and failure to present requisite registration documents while others either had defaced ID cards or were below the age of 18 years required for one to qualify for registration.

The Commission closed the voters` roll for delimitation on 30 May 2022 in order to come up with working figures derived primarily from the voter population of the country as of that date of closure.  The voter population is divided by 210, the total number of constituencies given in the Constitution to get the average voter population of each constituency.

This average can have a variance of 20% for the minimum and maximum thresholds a constituency is allowed to hold.

On the other hand, the number of registered voters in a local authority is divided by the number of wards in that particular local authority to give the ward averages.

Although the voters` roll closed on 30 May for purposes of delimitation, people can still register at the Commission`s 10 Provincial and 63 District offices for upcoming by-elections and the 2023 harmonised elections since voter registration is a continuous process.