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ZEC targets 162,000 new voters in listing exercise

THE Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) has targeted 162,606 new voters from December 2nd to January 15th next year.

ZEC Chairman, Justice George Kazi, made the remarks during a meeting with election stakeholders at the Sheikh Idriss Abdul Wakil Hall, Kikwajuni last week.

He said the exercise is expected to start in Micheweni District in Pemba by December this year before shifting to Unguja on December 23, 2023, in Unguja North District ‘A’ and will end in Unguja Urban District.

 “To qualify for registration, you must meet the requirement by submitting the compulsory Zanzibar resident ID card. This will be the first phase, and the second will be at the beginning of 2025,” said Justice Kazi, adding that there will be three days of registration for each area..

The newly appointed ZEC chairperson called on citizens, particularly young people who have attained the age of 18 and above, to turn-up for the registration to be supervised by officers at district level.

He reminded voters that as the mass registration goes on, services on permanent register, verifications, change of address and death announcements will continue in all district offices every day and during working hours.

 “The announced registration will only concern new voters who have never been registered in the permanent register of voters. Do not cheat or double register because it is against the law,” he emphasised

Justice Kazi used the meeting as an opportunity to ask political parties to cooperate with ZEC officers during the exercise and election time by promoting peace, unity and stability in the country.

The ZEC Director, Thabit Idarous Faina, said in executing the voter registration exercise, the instructions, laws and guidelines of the commission are the tools that will be used to achieve the goal.

He said that Micheweni District expects to register 10,907 people, Wete (12,705), Unguja Northern A (7,880) voters, Unguja Northern ‘B’ (13,169) and South Pemba-Chake Chake District (11,682) voters.

Others are South Unguja District (11,964), Unguja Central district (10,438) voters, Unguja South District (4,792), Unguja West ‘A’ District (28,677), Unguja West ‘B’ District (31,120) voters and Urban District (19,272 )new voters.

Among the stakeholders who participated in the meeting were officers from the security and defence agencies, district, civil organisations and political parties.

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