ZESN URGES YOUTHS TO PEACEFULLY PARTICIPATE IN ELECTORAL PROCESSES
The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) a coalition of 32 Non-Governmental Organisations joins the rest of the world in commemorating International Youth Day running under the theme “Youth Building Peace”. The Network believes that youth participation in electoral processes is essential in fostering peaceful coexistence and national development.
Section 67 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe gives everyone above 18 years the freedom to exercise his or her rights by voting for a preferred leader during elections, however, youths are generally apathetic in elections.
ZESN notes that despite the fact that Zimbabwe has a very large demographic youth bulge; with over 60% of the population under 35 years, the participation of youths in electoral processes has been significantly low in previous elections. In the 2013 elections for instance, ZESN assessed the registration of youths in Zimbabwe compared to other African countries. The registration rate of youths in Zimbabwe was significantly lower at 4.51% compared to 16.50%, 16.86% and 20.61% in South Africa, Kenya and Zambia respectively.
The above statistics are worrisome hence calls by ZESN for eligible youths to fully engage with electoral processes such as the impending Biometric Voter Registration. Peaceful participation in elections remains the most viable way to contribute to the governance of Zimbabwe. This year’s theme of Youth Building Peace is consistent with ZESN’s calls for the creation of a conducive electoral environment to ensure peaceful participation in electoral processes.#REGISTER2VOTE #VOTE2018 #USASARIRE #UNGASALELI #VOTEINPEACERELOADED ... See MoreSee Less