• CRD has extended its working hours for the issuance of national identity documents
  • It will be operating from 7 am to 7 pm
  • Zimbabwe is yet to taste its ever-peaceful, undisputed election

Harare- The parastatal body responsible for issuing national identity cards and birth certificates, the Civil Registry Department (CRD) has partnered with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in a mobile registration exercise which began on the 12th of March 2023 with mobile teams deployed across the country to augment the existing static registry offices. 

The program is aimed at providing citizens with national identity documents that will enable them to register for the upcoming 2023 elections. 

“Members of the public are encouraged to take this opportunity and go and register,” CRD said in a press statement. 

The programme is targeting anyone who wishes to participate in the upcoming elections who is above the age of 18, citizens who lost their identity cards and those who do not have both national ids and birth certificates. 

The civic body has extended operating hours from 7 am to 7 pm during weekdays and from 8 am to 4 pm during weekends. 

Zimbabwe is set to vote for parliamentarians and a head of state this year as the current parliament expires in July. 

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on citizens and political parties to preserve peace and detest violence during the elections. 

If this is successful, it will be the first Presidential election in Zimbabwe that is non-violent and undisputed since 2002.  

The date, however, is yet to be announced. 

However, all this is subject to ZEC’s impartiality in conducting its operations. Opposition parties have petitioned their concern over the lack of objectivity by the body and its chairperson, Priscilla Chigumba calling for its dissolving.  

Chigumba has been allegedly black-fingered for manipulating the 2018 elections in favour of the ruling party by the international community. However, no solid evidence was given to prove her guilty and the constitutional court denounced the allegations as null and void and upheld the 2018 election results.

Meanwhile, the government said after the 10-day registration blitz, then, the voter's roll will be published for public scrutiny. 

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