As the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise is being rolled out across the country after completion of phase one and the near capping of phase 2 the Zimbabwe Peace Project has noted with concern an escalation in the systematic harassment of citizens and some instances of violence associated with the BVR process. It has been noted that the recording of serial numbers is intensifying across the country. Since the BVR blitz began ZPP has recorded in excess of 50 cases of intimidation across Zimbabwe, specifically related to the taking down of registration slip serial numbers.
The Zimbabwe Peace Project has noticed that there is widespread concern about low voter registration turn out for the Biometric Voters Registration. Only about 10% of the total 7 million potential voters have registered.
While the reasons for this are yet to be fully established, the Zimbabwe Peace Project has seen an increase in cases of intimidation and harassment which may be the reason why voters are electing to stay away from the registration process.