The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it will consider another voter registration blitz towards 2023 after the number of registered voters increased by a paltry 2% in 2022 from 2018.
On Tuesday, ZEC released a statement stating that as of 10 June 2022, the country’s registered voters numbered 5 804 975, a 2% increase from 5 695 706 in 2018.
ZEC said females constitute 53,8% and males 46,1% of the registered voters.
Speaking to NewsDay on Wednesday, ZEC spokesperson Jasper Mangwana said the elections management body will consider conducting another voter registration blitz before the 2023 elections. Said Mangwana:
The voters’ roll is a changing document. The commission has also been removing the deceased and adding new voters. We removed around 26 000 and 47 000 at some point.
As usual, ZEC will definitely consider another registration blitz. We really feel for the rural community because they’re very far away from our offices.
But people have to wait and hear from the commission. We will share our plan towards 2023.
The low number of registered voters may be a course of concern to the country’s two biggest political parties, ZANU PF and CCC, who are targetting five million and six million new voters, respectively, for the 2023 elections.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network said that ZEC should devise strategies to encourage young people to register to vote as they constitute the majority of the population.
Here is the number of voters by province:
1 Bulawayo Metropolitan – (Female Voters: 144,020), (Male Voters: 126,894), (Total Voters: 270,914)
2 Harare Metropolitan – (Female Voters: 480,277), (Male Voters: 472,243), (Total Voters: 952,520)
3 Manicaland – (Female Voters: 417,575), (Male Voters: 321,052), (Total Voters: 738,627)
4 Mashonaland Central – (Female Voters: 282,185), (Male Voters: 254,265), (Total Voters: 536,450)
5 Mashonaland East – (Female Voters: 347,852), (Male Voters: 293,849), (Total Voters: 641,701)
6 Mashonaland West – (Female Voters: 334,272), (Male Voters: 327,126), (Total Voters: 661,398)
7 Masvingo – (Female Voters: 364,282), (Male Voters: 268,342), (Total Voters: 632,624)
8 Matabeleland North – (Female Voters: 191,214), (Male Voters: 149,191), (Total Voters: 340,405)
9 Matabeleland South – (Female Voters: 151,979), (Male Voters: 115,329), (Total Voters: 267,308)
10 Midlands (Female Voters: 410,455), (Male Voters: 352,573), (Total Voters: 763,028)
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