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Youth Agenda Trust hold electoral rights indaba series
Youth Agenda Trust
February 06, 2013

Youth Agenda Trust has for the past two weeks been going around the country conducting electoral rights Indabas that are meant to enlighten the youth about their right to participate in the electoral process.

The Rights Indabas are part of Youth Agenda's broader elections programme that began last year with the training of youth leaders from 22 districts dotted across the country who were equipped with information about the electoral cycle and how they can meaningfully participate and bring about positive change. Since the turn of the new year, young people who have been participating in the rights indabas have since taken the initiative and registered to vote as well as encouraging their peers to join the new generation of responsible youth.

In Uzumba, youth said they will not tolerate any form of violence and or divisionary tactics often employed by a certain political party (name supplied) in previous elections. The Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe district is one of the areas in the country that was badly affected by the violent 2008 elections. Meanwhile, youth in Uzumba have launched a voter mobilization campaign code named 1+10 GENERATION, which is a call for youth to register and assist ten more youth to register as well.

Youth in Sanyati say that they will not leave anything to chance this time around and promised to condemn violent politicians to the dustbins of history and vowed to protect their villages in the event of enemy manipulation. They however said that although most of their colleagues were finding it difficult to get proof of residence letters from their local leaders especially the headmen, there has been considerable progress towards registration.

Redcliff, a mining community situated about 20KM outside Kwekwe is home to thousands of youth most of whom were not able to participate in the last election due to violence that engulfed the area, most of them were displaced. Last week Youth Agenda held a Rights Indaba in the mining area where youth leaders expressed optimism considering the rate at which the young people are registering to vote. The youth however expressed concern at the outdated voters roll which they feared may be used to rig elections.

The Rights Indabas continues this week in Mudzi.

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