By DAILY NEWS Reporters, 18th October 2010 @ 12:01, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 40 ELIGIBLE voters can use their mobile phones to get information about where they are supposed to cast their votes through short messages (SMS), thanks to connection of Electoral Commissions with mobile phone companies. While the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) launched the service on Monday, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) is expected to do the same later this week. The NEC Director of Elections, Mr Rajab Kiravu, told the Daily News over the phone on Monday that the move aimed at easing hurdles of verifying voters names, given the short time remaining to the election day. We are making final touches and we expect to have the service launched any time this week. When it starts, by just a click of a keypad, a voter will get all the details instantly on their handset, he said. ZEC Director Salum Kasim said the arrangement which involves all mobile phone companies operating on the Isles including Zantel, Zain, Vodacom, TTCL and Tigo, was a big step towards easing communication hurdles with the electorate. The service would be more useful to voters who may not remember designated polling stations or have no time to go there physically. You just have to write ZEC, your voters card number and send to number 15771. You will get a response with all the details which include your full name, constituency and polling station, he said. The director asked voters to make use of the service which costs 300/- only per SMS. On the mainland the SMS to inquire ones particulars should be sent to 15455. The ZEC director said his commission was determined to make the general elections free, fair, transparent and user friendly. About 407,658 people have been registered for the elections in Zanzibar. NEC has registered some 19.6 million voters who are yet to verify their names, to ascertain the validity of their details which also appear in the Permanent Voter Register (PVR). The data will help identify eligible voters at their respective stations. Ndiyo maana tuliambiwa wataalamu wa IT watatumika kuiba kura kwa ajili ya CCM. Sasa NEC imeamua kuwahalalisha kabisa. Did we really need this?, Mbona huko ELIMU ya juu utaratibu huo wa SMS ulionekana kutokufanya kazi, itakuwaje uje ujaribiwe tena kwenye ishu kubwa kama hii ya uchaguzi mkuu? je wanataka kutuletea tena ile ya George Bush na John Kerry huko Florida?