By Watmore Makokoba
National Association for Youths Organisation (NAYO) which is working with several community-based organisations and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it intends to make sure about three million youths are going to vote in the coming general elections.
According to the census statistics, youths constitute about 65 percent of Zimbabwe’s population but have not been participating in the country’s elections due to various reasons.
In an interview, NAYO National Coordinator Misheck Gondo said their target is to ensure that youths come out of the cocoon and start to participate in national and governance issues such as voting.
“Our drive is to ensure that the youths fully participate in national issues such as elections, so we are targeting an age group of 18 to 35 who constitute 67% of the country’s population to not only be registered but that they actually vote.
“Only 47% of this age group are illegible voters hence our target is 3 million youths voters to be taking part in the upcoming elections,” he said.
One of the prospective youthful voter who is aged 18 who was part of the crowd that had gathered for the NAYO biometric voter registration mobilisation road show under the #LeaveNoYouthBehind campaign said the time for youths to participate is now.
“What motivated me to register and vote is that I have realized that the right time is now for us as young people to be participants rather than watchers of issues that shape the future such as elections,” she said.