Ensure your supporters are registered, political parties urged

With Zimbabwe already in an election mode, ZANU-PF central committee member, Molly Mpofu, has said it is the responsibility of political parties to ensure their supporters are registered voters if they entertain any hopes of governing the country.

Zimbabwe is set to hold by-elections on March 26 to fill vacant National Assembly and local authority seats while general elections are set for next year.

Political parties have since begun canvassing for votes across the country ahead of the polls while the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is conducting mobile voter registration exercise. The first phase of the mobile voter registration blitz which began on February 1 ends today while the second phase will run from April 11 to 30.

Responding to concerns of low registrant turnout at registration centres across the country, especially in Matabeleland, Mpofu, who is also a senator, said political parties should ensure their supporters are registered.

“I think the registration of would-be voters has to do with how much their political parties are encouraging them because for your party to govern, supporters of that party should be registered,” she told CITE on the sidelines of an election debate in Magwegwe recently.

“Registration makes your vote become your right. You can make noise and say you would want a mountain to climb a tree. That mountain can only get there through voter registration. If your supporters are not registered, you are like a dog barking at its shadow.

Turning to Ward 18 (Magwegwe) candidates in the March 26 by-election, Mpofu said councillors should be people-centred.

“Councillors should be people who have people in their hearts, not their own interests,” said Mpofu.

“Take, for instance, we expect Bulawayo as a city to be presentable, not what I see in front of me. Parks are full of grass, roads are full of potholes; residents live with burst sewer pipes.”

She added: “Incoming councillors should bring about change for Bulawayo to become the Bulawayo that we have always known.”

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