The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has expressed its support to civil society organisations (CSOs) and individuals conducting voter education awareness campaigns in the country.
Speaking during the launch of the EkhayaVOTE2023 campaign in Bulawayo, ZEC district elections officer Sithembiso Khupe stated that the voter registration campaign is not a crime. Said Khuphe:
What people should know is that registration to vote is not politics. We are encouraging people to register to vote.
That is your responsibility where you must make decisions for yourself, for your family and decisions for the country.
EkhayaVote2023 is a campaign by a coalition of over 25 CSOs operating from Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South provinces which they launched on Friday.
Khuphe commended Bulawayo based civil organisations for launching the Ekhaya vote campaign. She added:
So as ZEC, we are encouraging and appealing to you to help and assist in explaining to the people why it is necessary to register to vote so that they do not believe that they are doing it for someone else. They are doing it for themselves.
However, several activists have been arrested recently while conducting peaceful voter registration campaigns in the country.
Police in October arrested several MDC Alliance youths in Chitungwiza while scores of the party youths were also recently arrested in Mabvuku, Harare for conducting voter registration campaigns.