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access hampers voter registration in Tsholotsho
Youth Agenda Trust
April 10, 2013
is progressing at a snail’s pace in Tsholotsho due to limited
access to voter registration centers, youth here have said.
The youth said
that there are only two voter registration centers in Tsholotsho
and the majority of the people need to fork out at least US$6 to
get to the nearest Registrar General’s office. This is compounded
by the fact that one has to travel more than once to get registered
as a voter and to collect his or her registration slip.
the Play Your Vote sports tournament organized by Youth Agenda Trust
on Saturday which was held at Bulala Ngena, Tsholotsho youth leader
Challenge Ndlovu said that there are no employment opportunities
or income generating activities for the youth in the area and hence
they cannot afford transport to get to the registration centres.
lamented the neglect of the local road network which he said was
contributing to the high cost of transport in the area and told
over three hundred youth who had thronged the venue that it is high
time for the youth to play a central role in electing competent
and development minded politicians in the forthcoming polls.
The youth were
drawn from areas such as Malanda, Ngena, Makodola and Santamba of
Ward 12 and 14. They however, reiterated that they would refuse
to be bullied into an election before all the necessary reforms
as prescribed in the Global
Political Agreement are implemented. They called for a SADC
supervised election where local and foreign observers shall have
unfettered access to all corners of the country particularly marginalized
and violence prone areas such as Tsholotsho.
The youth also
called upon the Inclusive
Government and Civil Society to embark on a massive education
programme on the new constitution to ensure that people get
to the elections with full appreciation of the guarantees of the
you (civil society) to educate us on the new constitution because
we do not know much about the contents of this new document. The
relevant authorities should expedite the initiation of the mobile
voter registration process as there is an urgent need to increase
voter registration centers as most young people cannot afford to
go to Nkunzi for example to register as voters”, said Mehluli
Sibanda of Nembe.
Trust is conducting several campaigns on youth and elections across
the country in a bid to educate young people on their constitutional
right to participate in the electoral process and has also launched
the Our Time Is Now campaign which seeks to rally youth to play
a significant role in the final phase of the democratization of
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