Over 24 million voters registered, NEC says
With just hours to go before the conclusion of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) in Dar es Salaam, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced that 2.6 million residents were booked as of last Sunday.
NEC said the enrolment was 93 per cent of the target set at 2.9 million people planned to be registered in Kinondoni, Temeke and Ilala municipalities.
NEC Head of Communications, Ms Ruth Mshamu, said they were likely to achieve the target, although the response is low in some parts of the city.
She said until Sunday, 24,001,134 eligible voters were registered throughout the country. The registration in the city was initially scheduled from July 22-31, but the electoral body extended the exercise by four days following massive turnout of the people.
The massive turnout overwhelmed officials at most of registration centres, some of which were dogged by insufficient BVR kits and lack of skilled clerks.
She said 1,075,946 voters were registered in Kinondoni as of Sunday, representing 97 per cent of 1.1 million target. In Ilala 743,872 voters, equivalent to 91 per cent of 811,716 target were registered, while in Temeke 815,214 people or 90 per cent of 896,142 target were booked.
Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC), Saidi Meck Sadiki, had called upon the public to cooperate with BVR registration clerks and other officials to facilitate smooth execution of the exercise.
“Members of the public should extend maximum cooperation to BVR clerks and other relevant authorities in implementation of the exercise,” he said.
Mr Sadiki further said that authorities in Dar es Salaam Region had trained BVR clerks on the exercise and the goal was to enable them execute the exercise smoothly.