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Rights Indaba: Youth call for peaceful elections
Youth Agenda Trust
March 06, 2013
Trust on Sunday 3 March held a one day Electoral Rights Indaba which
drew youth from Harare Metropolitan Province coming from Avondale,
Mt Pleasant, Dzivarasekwa, Highfields, Glen View, Mufakose and Zengeza
West (Chitungwiza). The meeting was an eye opener to the youth most
of whom clearly lacked knowledge on the electoral processes such
as the electoral cycle and the rights of citizens in participating
in such. Workshop facilitator Jack Zaba of the Election
Resource Centre (ERC) shared knowledge and experience with the
participants who also had time to look at how the preparations for
the Kenyan elections were going and how young people in that country
have been engaging with the electoral process. Trevor Murai of the
Trust discussed strategies that the youth may employ to ensure
maximum participation in the forthcoming plebiscite.
from various political parties also took time to speak to the youth
and explained how they were engaging their own political parties
to ensure that the youth are not only encouraged to participate
as voters but also as candidates. The youth were also told of the
need to preserve peace and be ready to name and shame perpetrators
of political violence. Speaking to the youth, MDC-T Youth Assembly
president Solomon Madzore called on the youth to desist from the
wait and see attitude and encouraged them to participate freely
in the elections and shun all forms of political violence. Other
youth leaders echoed Madzore’s sentiments and reiterated that
it is now time for the youth to act.
The youth were
later presented with certificates for participating at the workshop.
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