The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has called on voters education to be a priority to the citizens of Zimbabwe so that all beings can be educated on their right to vote.
Addressing delegates during a Virtual meeting on voter education under Covid – 19 environment today, ZEC Voter Education Director, Ms Rejoice Sibanda said as ZEC, it is their duty to educate voters on their rights even though the focus at this moment is on the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The ZEC policy on Covid -19, acknowledge that there is need for swift and far reaching top- down action to address the challenge of the lack of voter education and information at a time where all efforts are focused on safe guarding public health crises.” She said.
Ms Sibanda said the challenges they are facing as ZEC is manipulation of technology, cyber bulling and low voters turnout.
She said democracy should be protected.
“A more civically -engaged populace in the current socio- political context , it is critical to examine what frames can be utilised .
“In this season of darkness, we have a duty to protect democratic values, practices and institutions.” She said.
Also available during the meeting was ZEC Chief Elections Officer , Mr Utloile Silaigwana represented by Commissioner Kundidzora, ZEC Voter Education Deputy Director, Mr Taurai Gavi and ZEC Voter Education Chairperson, Commissioner Sibongile Ndlovu among other NGOs.