Low youth voter registration worries Zec

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has called on the youth to register as voters in the ongoing biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise, amid indications that there is still a low turnout in Bulawayo.

BY ALEXIS SIBANDA

Zec district elections officer for Bulawayo, Sithembiso Khupe made the remarks last week during an engagement meeting at the Bulawayo Club.

Khupe said they were targeting 409 000 registrants.

“It is so disheartening that the youth want the elders to plan the future for them, while they are sat at home and busy complaining. We expect them to stand and come up in their numbers and register and build a Zimbabwe they want,” she said.

“Registration is the only thing that is done freely, easy and not even time-consuming, so we plead for their co-operation so that our BVR mop-up itinerary becomes a success.”

Khupe said the youth should take advantage of the three weeks left in the mop-up exercise.

She said if they fail to reach the projected target, the number of polling stations would be cut during elections.

Khupe said Zec has commissioners of oath at each centre to assist with proof of residence.

Meanwhile, the provincial elections officer for Bulawayo, Innocent Ncube said Zec was really worried about voter registration apathy.

12 Comments

  1. The average youth in this country are very very Stupid and what there think of is finishing school and go to the diaspora or sell juice cards, or engage in money changing deals or selling vegetables from puch carts and go to all night prayers by the fake prophets attend scolding rallies by former Amai and so on oblivious to the fact that there hold one of the most powerful tool in their hands which is the constitutional right to vote and change a government. I have often wondered if some of the qualifications the youngsters of today possess are genuine as in other countries the young celebrate when there attain 18 years as there know there can now change gvts at will if tere do not get employment etc.

    1. @Elisha.i very much agree we you ,we leave in a society of stupid spoon fed kids who dont think at all.I saw them this other time screaming Gushungo Gushungo apa guess they are graduating and hapana kana basa the following day and instead of voting choosing their own direction haaa.loss of words chaiiko.we will perish tichingotongwa nema War vet.

    2. You got a point there. I have been asking majority of these youngsters if they have registered or not and the answer was a BIG NO. The stupid reason they tell me is they do not know who to vote for and what is the point?. But they will tell things they wish the gvt could do.

      1. guys we are not stupid we are tired of voting and theys no change at all so you not stupid go and vote leave youths alone

  2. @Elisha.i very much agree we you ,we leave in a society of stupid spoon fed kids who dont think at all.I saw them this other time screaming Gushungo Gushungo apa guess they are graduating and hapana kana basa the following day and instead of voting choosing their own direction haaa.loss of words chaiiko.we will perish tichingotongwa nema War vet.

  3. If all are agreed including me that todays youth are stupid and lazy then its true they are!!!
    Lazy spoilt btratz. they can even look for a form 1 place on their own. LET ALONE JOBS.

  4. Disenfranchised and without hope for better! What would you expect?

    There’s a better way of explaining this before you rush to being brutal with your words. Besides this is reflective of a brutal society with a brutal system which has left many fed up and pretty much don’t care about plebiscites after about 4 decades of misrule polical persecution& violence &wanton murdering of people.

    No diaspora vote.
    Aliens only getting lucky just recently.

    Go and reorient our rural folks who are always forced to vote for Zanu rather than waste your time for crying for our vote tione kuti mozvigona here.

    #shitholecountry

  5. Mnangagwa should go he failed us for 37 years and now he wants more years aiwa bodo

  6. Comment…You ELDERS forget you kept Mugabe in power. You folded your hands since 1980 and watched Mugabe plundering and solidifying his position. You let Zanu derive comfort in rigging and that hasnt STOPPED.

    At least we can tell our children at one point in time #Takajamuka#Isijikile.#Tichajamuka

    Moreso, if you’re man of “noble” education you would find ways to coerce youths to vote. That’s constructive and wiser.

    Lastly. I’m a registered Voter!!

    Muronga.

  7. Comment…Zanu PF and Mugabe came into power in 1980.You all watched as Mugabe dragged the country from a jewel to a begging country whilst his kith and kin dined in the finest continents.
    At least #takajamuka #isijikile #tichajamuka.

    It is also worth noting he wasn’t removed constitutionally (by vote but through military intervention) .
    Question: will there be a point Zanu Pf will stop rigging elections.

    If you all elders are” men of noble education” we should find ways to coerce youths to register for voting.
    Moreso never forget charity begins at home. If today’s youths are a failure, it is evidence that you failed to socialize them in the same manner your parents did.

    I’m a registered voter. Lets fight “it” together.

  8. I am disappointment by youths, they only think about Sex, drugs and alcohol. FUTURE plans Dololo. Other youths think going to church is everything, they pray for good leadership but they do not wat to register and vote, zvanzi achabva kudenga! Our parents forgot to teach us to be responsible and we are not helping ourselves takungochema!

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