Youths embrace ZEC voter registration campaign

By Fungai Jachi

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has embarked on a voter registration educational programme as it targets to register new voters ahead of the 2023 general elections.

This Saturday, ZEC held its first voter registration campaign exercise with a road show in Mabvuku with youths being the main target.

Youths who spoke to this News crew showed a renewed interest in registering to vote.

“I have not yet registered to vote, but through this roadshow I am going to register,” a youth told the ZBC News.

Another said: “I had not registered to vote because I did not have enough information on the importance of voting.”

Said another: “This roadshow has helped me understand that it is my right to register and participate in elections.”

“As an artist, I decided to use music to encourage fellow youths to exercise their right to vote,” another noted.

ZEC Commissioner Jasper Mangwana said there has been an increase in the number people who are registering to vote.

“Our target is youths and this is the first voter registration campaign we have carried out with more expected to come. We are also targeting rural communities so that everyone exercises their right to participate in elections. At least the number of people registering is increasing which is a good sign,” he said.

ZEC is targeting to register one million new voters.