The 2018 elections are fast approaching and as Techzim wrote last week, ZEC has not made it easy for people to find registration stations. ZEC published the list of registration stations in the national paper which took a full fifteen pages. Finding the registration station closest to you in those 15 pages is almost like trying to locate a needle in a haystack.
ZEC announced that the blitz registration process begins tomorrow, the 10th of October and will be in four phases. The 15 page list in the Herald listed all the registration stations for phases 1 to 4. There has to be a better way to find the station closest to you, one would think. Step in Zim BVR Centres.
Developers, Age-X Development heard the call and accepted the challenge. The result is the Android app Zim BVR Centres. The app size is quite small and there is no reason why you would not download it.
The app lets you scroll through all the constituencies and when you find yours and tap on it you are shown all the registration centres in that constituency. You will be able to tell easily which centres are open during which phases.
The app also provides information on registration requirements, i.e documents required for registration. You will also get information on the mentioned registration phases 1 to 4, i.e the dates and office hours.
The app was launched quickly to provide a service to the nation and so some features are missing. There is no search feature where you can just type in your constituency and be taken there instead of scrolling through the whole list. The developers assured Techzim that they are working on bringing that feature hastily, they just had some technical difficulties. Expect that feature shortly is what they said.
[UPDATE: The search feature is now live as promised by the developers. You no longer have to scroll through all the constituencies to find yours. Oh, and the constituencies are now in alphabetical order.]
The developers also said they are working on a web version as well. That too will be ready in the near future.
You can download the app on the Play Store here.
There is also another app in development trying to solve the same problem. The app is called VoteZw. It is still bare bones but we will update you as soon as it is ready for prime time.