But opposition parties have warned that registration authorities are not ready for the process, creating a risk of errors on the voter roll that could leave the ballot open to rigging.
The main opposition MDC party has gone to the Harare High Court to argue that that the electoral commission has not procured enough equipment to register voters and that the registration process itself lacks transparency.
“The prescription of a date to close new voter registration creates a risk of disenfranchising voters,” the MDC argued in court documents seen by AFP.
“There is no need to jump the gun and order a chaotic, premature commencement of the registration process.
“It is evident that, by and large, there are no kits to commence registration.”
“We will use all constitutional, political and legal pressure to make sure we have (an election) that is free and fair next year,” MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu whose party disputed the 2013 election told AFP. – AFP