Yesterday afternoon, a group of young vibrant leaders pledged to play an active role in encouraging their peers to take a stand and register to vote in preparation of the upcoming by-elections and the 2023 elections.
Young women raised these sentiments at the Her Vote Speaks Talk Show that was facilitated by Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) on the role young women can play in electoral processes.
Speaking during the Talk Show, Tatenda Kombora a feminist, Founder and Director of the BlackUnika Foundation, stressed the fundamental role of the pre-election period citing that it enables citizens to go out in numbers and register to vote.
“The delimitation of Constituency jurisdictions makes it essential to register to vote in high numbers,” said Kombora.
Making a presentation, Tariro Gurure, an Inclusion Practitioner and a Founder of the #ActionedVoters initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to register to vote, stated that her role has been to urge youths to safe guard the six Constituencies that are likely going to be lost in the delimitation exercise.
“My worry as a young Zimbabwean who is living in Bulawayo is on the depth of loss, we are likely to suffer than gain,” said Gurure. “We are a marginalised Province and if we are to lose six more Constituencies, this would also mean we are losing the Constituency Development Funds (CDF),” said Gurure.
Sukoluhle Mhlanga, a Disability Activist said: “The political environment is not conducive for Persons with disabilities (PWD) and there is little that is being done to support electoral processes in Zimbabwe which inhibits young women’s full participation.”
Speaking during the Talk Show, one participant stated that young people are failing to register to vote due to lack of documentation. She added that there is a need for electoral stakeholders to factor it when planning for the pre-electoral processes.
Lydia Banda, a Public Leadership Activist cited that she is going to encourage more young people to engage and familiarize themselves with the registration and voting process.
Sandra Kombani, a Gender Activist said: “I am going to encourage more people to register.”
S. Netha, a young woman cited: “I am going to facilitate more conversations and dialogue around the electoral processes and encourage people in my circles to register to vote.”
The meeting was moderated by Natasha Fuyane who is a host for the Girl in Skies Podcast.
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