ZEC trains youths on electoral processes

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in partnership with the African Union this week trained youths from different parts of the country in bid to help them understand and actively participate in electoral processes.

These trainings were part of the ongoing pre-delimitation process by ZEC and two training sessions were held, one in Bulawayo for the southern region and one in Harare for the northern region.

ZEC spokesperson Commissioner Jasper Mangwana said it was crucial for youths to have an appreciation of electoral processes and laws governing the system in Zimbabwe.

He said the training was sponsored by the African Union- an organisation passionate about equipping youths with necessary skills and information as they are the future of Africa.

“We completed our training on Thursday in Bulawayo and we had youths drawn from several districts to interact with the Commission and understand what governs our operations in Zimbabwe.  Lot has been said about ZEC, how we rig elections and make uninformed decisions so we took this chance to also clear the air and make them understand how we operate,” said Comm Mangwana.

“They should be in a position to measure our electoral processes according to the standards set by our Zimbabwean Laws, SADC guidelines and principles, the African Union Frameworks as youths and understand how everything works. We also made them understand that these laws and guidelines define our stakeholder’s interests and are a true representation of our social, economic and political status.”

ZEC also embarked on the youth engagement to demystify wrong perceptions about electoral processes.

“Youths should correct wrong narratives when engaging their peers hence we expect them to pass on the information and all the skills gained during the training. We are happy with the engagements we have been partaking in in preparation of the delimitation process and we have covered a lot of ground. What is left is to engage minority groups and soon we will be talking to people living with disabilities and engaging them in this process so that we have input and by-in from every Zimbabwe.”

According to Comm Mangwana, ZEC will soon be sharing the voters roll for inspection and so far measures are being put in place to ensure that no one will abuse the document as it carries personal information about voters.

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