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ZEC: Social Media Is Fueling Voter Apathy

ZEC: Social Media Is Fueling Voter Apathy

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has claimed that social media misinformation is fueling voter registration apathy in the country.

Speaking on Wednesday night during a Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) Twitter space discussion, ZEC spokesperson Jasper Mangwana said there was a need to demystify the “misinformation” peddled by social media to ensure people register to vote.

This followed reports that there has been a low turn-out during the ZEC voter registration blitz which ends on April 30.

To some extent, we should be able to have numbers to say how many people are eligible to vote and how many are registered to vote, and what might be the reason for low registration. But in most cases, we have seen that misinformation on social media and even in the general public on the streets has caused a lot of voter apathy in many areas.

We, as the commission, will register them to vote, but it’s also important for people to know that as we get into these areas, let’s go and demystify the misinformation on election rigging which is not a reality in most cases.

Zimbabwe Election Advocacy Trust education and advocacy officer Sthabile Mlilo said ZEC cannot escape scrutiny by social media users. Mlilo added that ZEC should address the issues “rather than casting aspersions on concerned individuals.”

Election Resource Centre legal and advocacy officer Takunda Tsunga said voter apathy is caused by the lack of confidence in the electoral commission and its failure to address public concerns surrounding its independence and election administration.

ZESN chairperson Andrew Makoni said: “For ZEC to deliver a credible election, its systems must be transparent, inclusive and accountable.

This is happening ahead of the 2023 harmonised elections.

More: NewsDay Zimbabwe

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12 Comments

mhofu 2 months ago

ZEC pafeya tikutambura nekuda kwako kwesugona kuva feya.... dai maiva neshuwa pakuverenga kwenyu kubva kare nemiwo dai mune mari kudarika yamunayo


Observer 2 months ago

The side effects of rigged elections is voter apathy. When those entrusted to be trusted cannot be trusted... where is the hope?


Machiavelli 2 months ago

ZESN, ERC and the other electoral advisory group have said much which I agree with and I shall not paraphrase or plagiarise these. All the concerns raised account for the public displeasure with ZEC.

Team Pachedu raised specific Voters Roll anomalies which ZEC in its infinite wisdom failed refused or otherwise ignored to respond to. I find it difficult therefore to have confidence in the institution, even though the legislation governing ZEC is beyond reproach.


Chawabvunza 2 months ago

It is not that social media is fueling anti ZEC in it's voter registration, but that social media is actually sprucing its image in the public opinion . ZEC must shake off its tug of rigging, get rid of former security agents from it's employment and use cleaned voters rolls.

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].


farm manager 2 months ago

Fri, 29 Apr 2022 08:00:00 GMT

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Mliswa Tells Hopewell Chin’ono To Be Strong

29 April 2022

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By A Correspondent- Norton Member of Parliament Temba Mliswa  defended opposition aligned journalist Hopewell Chin’ono after reports came out that he had allegedly hijacked a goat breeding program that was meant to assist the community.

State media on Wednesday ran a story on how the government gave Chin’ono land and goats to start the boer goat project.

Said Mliswa on Twitter, “Having seen the concerted attacks against @daddyhope by state media and other organs my message to him is to be strong. It shows how big you have become @daddyhope. The same happened with me but the more I got arrested and  harassed the more I got popular.

“In my years as a politician what I have learnt is that the public isn’t **** as to be swayed by such contrived state propaganda. They can see through it and understand the reasons behind it all. Just stick with the truth and you will be vindicated. People can see through all the propaganda and machinations. You have to develop a thick skin and withstand it all. If I were you I would go for a constituency now because state media is already campaigning for you.

With your robust and articulate approach to national issues I can only imagine what Parliament would be like with you in it with the likes of Biti, Chinotimba, myself in it. It would be livelier and robust. God is the biggest judge @daddyhope  & in due time will rule.”

Meanwhile Chin’ono says his village elders have advised him not to move the goats where they are.

He posted this message on Facebook on Wednesday:

Thank you all for your messages of support and solidarity. The clan elders have said the animals will not be moved from where they are, it is my ancestral land so nothing will be moved.

The regime can come and LOOT and destroy my rural home, we have no power to stop them! It is not our burden, but its own burden. If they do come to LOOT as they promised to do, a time for accountability will one day come.

It is clear that to continue investing in the project is pointless, that is the end of the project for now until we are under a safe environment to live in peace and develop our rural homes without ZANUPF harassment.

This is a clear example of how it is impossible to invest in Zimbabwe and still retain all your rights. A Chinese has more rights in Zimbabwe than myself. Again that is the regime’s burden!

More importantly, I will not be silenced. I shall not be silenced or intimidated from practicing ethical journalism by a rogue group of people. It is a price I am ready to die for, I would rather be killed than to live like a visitor in my own country and I will never run away from Zimbabwe!

Thank you all once again for your support and solidarity which came through messages, emails and phone calls. Please forgive me if I haven’t responded to your messages, they are many.

It’s also unfortunate to have state media marshalled against a private citizen because of national issues they have raised. This is abuse of power and offices. Respect of property rights is already an issue locally, why inflame it again?


Chikas 2 months ago

Zec Zanu it's their name


Dr Hercules 2 months ago

ZEC playing in ZANU pf s corner that's whats fueling voter apathy


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Zim 1 2 months ago

birirai maekections but you can't rig the economy munonyepa iwe ED nembavha dzako


ED PFEE 2023 2 months ago

VIVA ZANU PF


Chapwititi Kestombela 2 months ago

Economy is making your pfee chigure fret 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. Otherwise DIRA RIZARE WANGU 🥃🍾 2023 tinenge tiripo


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