The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has implored both Voter Education Facilitators (VEFS) and District Voter Education committees (DVEC) in Southern Province to intensify the voter education exercise in order to reduce voter apathy that has characterized recent elections.
National Voter Education Committee (NAVEC) Chairperson Horrance Chilando noted that the VEFS and the District Voter Education Committee (DVEC) members have a mammoth task to educate people on the need to vote in all the elections to arrest voter apathy in the country.
Mr. Chilando said this yesterday when he met Monze DVEC members in the Council Chamber.
Mr. Chilando who expressed happiness at the way voter education exercise was being conducted in Southern Province noted that VEFs and DVEC Committees should not relent to ensure that the presidential elections are credible by reducing on voter apathy.
“Am happy to see that the voter education exercises are going on very well here in Southern Province but I must hasten to mention that we still have a mountain load of work to arrest apathy in the country and therefore, we should not relent in educating electorates on the importance of voting so that we can have credible elections,” said Mr. Chilando.
He said both DVEC and VEFS had a huge responsibility and duty to ensure that voter apathy was a thing of the past.
Mr. Chilando also eulogised the amount of work that the VEFS were putting saying it cannot be compared to the money they are been paid adding that he would lobby for more money for them.
Meanwhile, Monze District Electoral officer Tryson Chunga called on ECZ to consider sending voter education materials and identification kit before the commencement of voter education activities.
He also said the commission should send more education materials in the Tonga language in the District before the voter education exercise winds up next week.