Youths vow to defend their vote

Youths from Manicaland province have vowed to defend their vote as the nation votes today.

Damian Sithole from Youth Agenda (Mutare Chapter) said they were prepared to engage in non-violent actions that would make sure the results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission were a true reflection of the will of the people. This will include sharing results from their polling station with their peers in other regions.

“We will make sure that all our efforts that we have made in participating in this year’s polls do not go to waste,” he said. “Sharing the results will put pressure on ZEC to announce results that are not manipulated to suit other people’s wishes.”

Zachariah Macheka from Youth Alive Zimbabwe said that they would be engaged in various other initiatives to protect their vote. “But we will not discuss them as we would want to take the authorities by surprise,” he said. “We are ready for the elections and we want to kick out politicians who have failed to deliver on their promises and those who have failed to bring meaningful change in the lives of young people,” Macheka added.

Youths in other districts like Mutare, Makoni, Zimunya, Chimanimani, Chipinge, Nyanga and Buhera, who were participating at an election advocacy workshop dubbed Youths Play Your Part in Mutare last week, threw their weight behind mobilising to defend their vote.

They said this year’s elections were a turning point in their lives as they seek to appoint a responsible government that responds to the needs of the people. They lamented high unemployment, corruption, poor health and education services and poverty in the country saying that a government worth its salt should not let its people wallow in such ills.

The youths urged themselves and others to go out in large numbers to cast their ballots.

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