AVAP gives thumbs up to ECZ online voters’ system
THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) online voter registration system is critical for voter participation to grow the country’s democratic system, Anti-Voter Apathy (AVAP) Executive Director, Richwell Mulwani has said.
He said this was very important because in past elections Zambia had experienced a low voter turnout due to less people registering as voters among other reasons.
He was speaking in an interview with the Daily Nation in Lusaka
Mr Mulwani explained that the online system would be youth inclusive as the majority of voters in Zambia were young people who were abreast with technology.
He advised young people to take advantage of the platform so that they could be part of the decision-making process.
“The online voter registration system is a welcomed move and as AVAP we are happy that ECZ is embracing technology as Zambia is a youthful nation abreast with technology. This will pave way for high voter turnout in next elections,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Mulwani has called on Government to adequately finance ECZ so that it could easily roll out planned activities.
He added that ECZ and the Department of National Registration under the Ministry of Home Affairs should have a harmonised system so that people do not face challenges.
“We have seen in the past were two people were having the same National Registration Card number, these are the types of hiccups we want eliminated. We want to see a system where it becomes easy for young, people to obtain their voters cards,” he said.