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Japan funds voter education

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The Japanese Embassy has donated $110 746 to the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) to assist in the organisation’s voter education programme.

Speaking at the handover ceremony last Friday, Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Yonezo Fukuda said: “This is indeed a massive undertaking and one that not only requires huge financial resources, but commitment and dedication on the part of you and your team.

“We fully support your efforts to ensure that the democratic process in Zimbabwe proceeds smoothly. We highly admire and respect the work you are undertaking and this grant is in recognition of this,” he said.

“In order to achieve these objectives, Zesn is to embark on a public outreach programme. There is a public outreach component which will provide the production and distribution of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material such as posters, stickers, T-shirts, Caps, flyers and billboards.”

Community-based training will also play an integral part.

Electoral education manuals will be produced and trainers will educate and mobilise the electorate in all 210 constituencies.

“Other donors have made contributions to your organisation to realise your noble objectives and we are pleased to play our part. We are fully committed to not only the socio-economic development in Zimbabwe, but also to the enhancement of the democratic process,” Fukuda said.

Zesn national director Rindai Chipfunde-Vava said the grant could not have come at any better time considering the country was now gearing for possible elections this year.

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