THE United Party for National Development (UPND) in Itezhi-tezhi district has embarked on a sensitization programme among young people who are eligible to vote to acquire green national registration cards and register for next year’s elections.
And Chief Musungwa of the Ila people in Itezhi-tezhi district has appealed to the Ministry of Home Affairs to consider making the NRCs registration exercise a routine activity especially in rural areas.
The UPND said that the sensitization exercise was meant to help young people know the importance of having a green national registration card and voting.
Speaking in Basanga when he paid courtesy call on Chief Musungwa at his palace on Wednesday, UPND’s Jacob Mubambo disclosed that the party had realized that it was the responsibility of all well informed citizens to encourage youths to register and acquire NRCs.
Mr Mubambo said UPND would not sit idle and watch the situation when it could play a role in encouraging youths to vote.
He said it was the duty of all political parties in Zambia to sensitize and encourage young people to acquire NRCs and also register as voters.
Mr Mubambo said that the exercise of encouraging young people to acquire NRCs could not just be left to Government alone but that it needed the input of all stakeholders.
“The issue of telling our young generation to get NRCs is not a PF project but it is a national activity regardless of political affiliation.
We cannot leave the job to the government alone when we stakeholders can play a role.
“As a party we have embarked on this exercise to complement what the government is doing and we want the young to know the importance of acquiring NRCs.
Mr Mubambo who is an aspiring candidate on the UPND ticket in Itezhi-tezhi in 2016, appealed to traditional leaders in the district to encourage their subjects to ensure their children obtained NRCs.
And Chief Musungwa urged the Ministry of Home Affairs to make the NRCs registration exercise a routine programme.
Chief Musungwa said this reduce on the challenges of travelling long distances to the boma to acquire NRCs.
He also appealed to Government to make the exercise a mobile activity so that many young people could be captured.