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National IDs only for referendum-Minister Matinenga

Government has scrapped the use of the voters’ roll in the forthcoming referendum but instead prospective voters will be required to only produce their national identification particulars to cast the ballot.

Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga confirmed the development which is likely to see millions of Zimbabweans above the age of 18 voting on the country’s new proposed constitution.

The referendum election will be held on 16 March.

In an interview on Tuesday Minister Matinenga said all what is required for one to cast a ballot on the referendum is proof that they were citizens of Zimbabwe.

“When one is going to vote, they need to bring their identity documents, that what they will present to the polling agents so that they can vote.

“Like in any election, those who fail to provide their I.Ds would not be allowed to vote” said Minister Matinenga.

He said members of the public, coming to vote on the will be allowed to cast their ballots from any polling station irrespective from where they come from.

“In order to avoid a situation whereby people vote twice, we will use the ink, which we normally use to guard against that,” said Minister Matinenga.

Finance Minister Tendai Biti recently revealed that the United Nations had responded to Government’s request for funds to the tune of $250 million to finance the referendum and the harmonised polls.

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