CCJP encourages citizens to register to vote

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has encouraged citizens to seize the opportunity of the mobile voter registration blitz and register to participate in the upcoming harmonised elections. 

The ten-day blitz started on March 12 and will run until March 21, 2023. 

In a statement, CCJP appealed to those who have not yet registered and those that are undecided to make use of the opportunity. 

“As the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe we are reaching out to you to remind you of your duty as Christians and responsible citizens. You have a right and duty to participate in the life of our country. In the past elections, we have witnessed voter apathy. That says we are neglecting one of our duties,” the statement read. 

“There can be no discussion or determination of our lives without us. As we prepare for the 2023 harmonised general elections at a date to be announced by President Mnangagwa, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has announced the nationwide mobile Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) blitz from the 12th to the 21st of March 2023. Simply put the blitz can be understood as the window period for people to register to vote before the elections.” 

CCJP noted that this is a call inviting everyone to exercise their duty as responsible citizens.  

“We appeal to you to consider how you use this chance. We are reaching out to those who have not yet registered to vote and those who are undecided. Consider this, at least once every five years you have an opportunity to choose who should lead. Will you choose or will you let others choose for you? Will you be content living the next five years with other people’s choices when you had an opportunity to determine the future?

“Elections are an expression of journeying and discerning our future together as a nation. It therefore will be proper that as we exercise our democratic and constitutional right as individuals, we also see these elections as an exercise in communal discernment.”  

CCJP further called on youths to participate in the electoral processes.

“We encourage every person above eighteen (18) years, including Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), youths and women to be part of this constitutional and democratic process. We hope that as a nation we will all discover the power we have in shaping our destiny by making vital choices for life.”

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