By Fungai Jachi
THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is targeting to register at least a million new voters ahead of the 2023 general elections, with youths who are now eligible to vote expected to use the opportunity to register.
This was disclosed by ZEC spokesperson, Commissioner Joice Leticia Kazembe during a ZBC News and Current Affairs Online programme, INSIDE OUT.
“Of particular interest to us are the youths the ones that have turned 18 and have not had a chance to register since the number has been growing since the last election. Even the adults that have not registered should take the opportunity and register because our target is to register one million new voters,” she said.
Commissioner Kazembe highlighted that a strict electoral code of conduct has been put in place to ensure peaceful environment during elections.
“We have set up an electoral code of conduct that will guide candidates on how they should behave and anyone who is aggrieved can approach the commission and those found wanting will be called in and questioned. If there are many complaints against one person then action will be taken,” she said.
ZEC is also working with the Registrar General’s Office to ensure the public has access to identity documents which are critical in the process.
The electoral body managed to register 2 000 new voters last year, but hopes are high that the number will increase with a mobile voter registration blitz currently underway across the country.