BULAWAYO youth groups have urged youths to register as voters following reports that a paltry 18% of youths have been registered to vote in the forthcoming general elections.
Blondie Ndebele Own Correspondent
The Zimbabwe Election support Network (Zesn) recently indicated that only 18% of the youths were on the voters’ roll and only 43% of the registered young people voted in the 2008 elections.
Addressing a youth conference organised by the National Youth Development Trust in Bulawayo last Friday, Zesn’s Innocent Kasiyano said youths should actively participate in all national processes and defend their constitutional rights.
“Research by Zesn shows that a lot of young people are not effectively exercising their rights,” he said. “Young people should advocate and encourage others to register to vote in the coming elections.”
The youth Indaba ran under the theme, Reshaping The Future through an Electric Youth Electorate.
“Some of the young people have shown lack of interest to participate in elections, while others do not trust the
voting process and others have expressed concern over the registration process that takes a lot of hours to complete,” Kasiyano said.