The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) notes the announcement by the Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede that his Office will commence mobile registration for identity documents, birth and death certificates across the country next Monday.
The process will be crucial to enable everyone to register in the forthcoming Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) process to be done by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections.
Nevertheless, it appears that not enough publicity and information has been timeously disseminated by the Registrar General’s Office to those who might need and benefit from the mobile registration process.
Because this is a mobile process, it could have immensely benefited those who have been failing to get IDs on account of the fact that they are removed from the various registry offices.
Yet, because of the delayed announcements and lack of publicity, those who are in need of this process might still be left out.
The Registrar General’s office should carry out robust information campaigns using different information channels during the coming three months in which the mobile registration will be taking place.
The Registrar General’s office must release adequate information about how and when the mobile registration process will happen, with specific details of dates, place and time, to enable people to take full advantage of the process.
Lack of Identity Documents (IDs) has been disadvantaging a lot of people who have not been able to vote in the past national elections.
ZimRights is concerned by the insinuations by the Registrar General that people with metal IDs have to immediately change over to plastic IDs.
It might be a daunting task to change over all people with metal IDs to plastic IDs in time for the same people to be able to register as voters.
There should also be transparent, free and fair access to the mobile registration process given previous concerns by different stakeholders about the Registrar General’s office’s conduct of processes that have a bearing on election outcomes in the country.