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Electoral Watchdogs Call For Another Voter Registration Blitz

Electoral Watchdogs Call For Another Voter Registration Blitz

Electoral watchdogs have expressed concern over the low number of registered voters in spite of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) conducting a voter registration blitz recently.

On Tuesday, ZEC released a statement stating that as of 10 June, the country’s registered voters numbered 5 804 975, a 2% increase from 5 695 706 in 2018.

Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) chairperson Andrew Makoni implored ZEC to find ways to encourage the youth to register to vote. Makoni said:

It’s shocking that the registration blitzes that were done by ZEC have not achieved the desired results.

The commission needs to go back to the drawing board and devise campaigns which can encourage youths to participate in electoral processes assuming that they constitute a large number of potential voters.

Remember, ZEC is targeting at least two million new youthful voters. It appears elections don’t mean anything to our youths and it must be established why.

Elections have not changed anything or transformed their lives. Our successive governments have not delivered and the youth are expressing their displeasure through apathy. As stakeholders, we must address the root cause of this.

Zimbabwe Election Advocacy Trust director Ignatius Sadziwa urged ZEC to conduct another mobile voter registration blitz to ensure that more people are registered. He said:

Our greatest undoing has been an indifferent youth population which is not forthcoming. Unfortunately, this is the biggest demographic group.

There is a need for another round of a voter registration blitz and hopefully, there will be improved service delivery from ZEC.

Previous exercises were marred by a lot of irregularities. It’s also incumbent upon civil society to complement ZEC’s efforts.

Meanwhile, ZEC spokesperson Jasper Mangwana on Wednesday told NewsDay that the commission would consider conducting another voter registration blitz before the polls.

More: NewsDay

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10 Comments

Comrade Gabarinocheka 1 month ago

It is now safe conclude that either the populace has lost confidence in the electoral process or that there is a third far force manipulating the system to deny the very populace an opportunity to participate in the electoral process.
Am I right or am I right?


Chen Chimtengwende 1 month ago

Either both or both🍺

Citizen 1 month ago

l was in SA, things didn't work for me so lm back to register.
My vote will make someone to step down


Anonymous 1 month ago

Youth have registered to vote in 2018, and the election was rigged. They should just abandon the elections. Why waste state resources on something that is just staged. Zimbabwe should just be declared an autocratic state. Totoziva kuti hakuitwe ma elections zviripo izvozvo ndozviripo hapana hapana. Kana vanhu vakubviswa poitwa chaizvo chaizvo zvinobvisa Zanu. CCC ine vanhu vakadhakwa now mwana wa Mohadi aitwa comissioner ku Zec ivo varipo varikungopa a statement. Unovhota pakadaro kupedza time zve


Maparamuro 1 month ago

It's madness to tell people that elections are rigged and then expect them to register to vote, that's complete madness. Why would they waste their time in queues to register to vote and then vote only to find out again that the result will be rigged?


Maparamuro 1 month ago

Don't blame the youth, don't blame ZEC blame the people who have been preaching rigging, blame the people who told voters that zanupf has the ability to make mutating ballot papers where the X always migrates to zanupf nomatter where you put it


Maparamuro 1 month ago

So is it necessary to waste time registering to vote and then waste time in the queue to vote when zanupf has so many ways to rig and the opposition cannot do anything about it?

Anonymous 1 month ago

Thats not how they rigg. They use violence, threaten pple, put zanu pf pple at zec, police and all security departments, use of terrorism(ma c10) they create ghost names, ghost polling stations and ghost election results. They employ vote buying

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Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

If you open registration centers for the youths 2 to 3 months towards election they will register in numbers because of the fever, everyone will be talking election.


Comrade Gabarinocheka 1 month ago

what happened to electoral reforms?



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