STORIFY: BVR & #ZwElectionPledge2018.... Not the End
The Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) Mop-up exercise today will come to an end with approximately 5,264,674 voters being registered. This figure includes figures from the static registration centres for the period 18/9-9/10/2017. Ridden with different challenges emanating from victimisation of potential registrants by members of a certain political party, shortages of required materials by electoral commission, lack of adequate information by the potential, the registration turns out to be a success at the end of the day.
Civil society, individuals and political parties played a critical role in mobilising and encouraging people, especially the youth to register to vote. Of late young people were not interested in the electoral process due to a number of factors emanating from how the elections where conducted, but with the introduction of the BVR system, a lot of young people showed interest.
However, there should also know that registering alone without voting is null and such come the elections young people should come out in the numbers and vote for the leader of their choice. A leader or candidate who will bring sustainable change, change that will improve health delivery system, education, bring jobs and also improve provision of basic services in the country.
On that token, @organize4zim has launched a campaign dubbed #ZwElectionPledge2018 encouraging aspiring candidates and the electorate to make commitments and promise towards this election.
The Election Pledge 2018 Campaign is motivated by the collective responsibility that young people have towards the realisation of a free, fair, credible, peaceful and progressive electoral process. The campaign challenges both the prospective candidates and the electorate to make a commitment on how they are going to contribute towards a free and fair election, with the prospective candidates justifying their participation as candidates, giving concrete and clear issue based and pro people action plans. On the other hand the electorate must also engage in conversations and actions that reflect their commitment towards a peaceful and progressive electoral involvement that pushes Zimbabwe forward.
This campaign feeds into the broader Voting for Zimbabwe Campaign that Organizing for Zimbabwe (O4Z) Trust launched in 2013 aiming at promoting issue based electoral involvement of youth.
You can contribute to this initiative through the following ways:
a) Write down your pledge on an A4 plain sheet, take a picture holding the paper and post on social media (Twitter &Facebook) using #ZwElectionPledge2018.
b) Shoot a short video of yourself (2 minutes max) explaining how you are going to contribute to the elections (both candidates and the electorate).
d) Election Pledge Panel Discussions
For more information about the campaign call +263 4 7715 215