Symposium to map youth voter participation

The Youth Alliance for Democracy will on 31 March hold a youth election symposium to provide a platform for exchange of ideas between youths, CSOs, election management bodies, parliamentarians and other stakeholders.

According to Thulani Mswelanto, YAD Coordinator, the symposium will also trace the progress of the elections discourse in Zimbabwe in the face of the proposed Electoral Amendment Bill.

YAD has been involved in youth voter registration and mobilization initiatives since June 2010.

Last year, in partnership with Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust, they undertook to engage the Zimbabwe Election Commission in the Face the Future Roundtable Project, which offered an interface between youth leaders across Zimbabwe and the election management body.

The Elections Resource Centre will present at the symposium the results of its mapping of youth participation in elections. This will focus on detailed trends that characterise youth participation in electoral processes and an assessment of the factors underlying youth voter apathy over the past decade.

The symposium will also develop a blueprint on an inclusive strategy to voter registration that is in sync with the proposed electoral amendment bill.

“We will also focus on acceptable regional standards on the conduct of free and fair elections and the frameworks for voter registration and voter education,” Mswelanto says.

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