Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede says people without the plastic national identity cards will not be allowed to vote in next year’s elections.

 “They (metal identity cards) are not biometric. Our system has been biometric since 2010. Our cards will be requiring signatures, finger prints and we have machines to take the images. People are also advised to come in better attires, with their heads and ears not covered. We want proper identification. That is international.”

“People are encouraged to take this opportunity to obtain identify documents and also correct errors,” he said. “It is our stand that everyone should be registered and it will not be possible for anybody to go to elections next year without the documents and argue that she or he was never allowed to register.