By Nation Reporter
CARITAS Solwezi has trained and deployed 21 civic voter education facilitators to all the 12 constituencies of North Western province.
Caritas provincial coordinator John Kalusa told the Daily Nation that the aim of the exercise was to ensure that people were educated on the importance of participating in an election.
‘’With the voter education we intend to share with the public the importance of the electorate in an election, especially that this year’s polls would be held under a new constitution,” Mr Kalusa said.
He said under the new constitution a lot of sensitisation needed to be done if the electorate were to make informed decisions.
‘’A lot needs to be done, especially the contents of the new constitution such as the 50 percent plus one, the running mate, the re-run and its implications, qualifications for someone to contest as a candidate, all these issues need to be explained to the people and make them understand,’ he said.
He said his organisation will mainly carry out its sensitisation programs in remote areas.
‘’We believe that the urban communities have access to information compared to those in remote areas, he said.
On the referendum, Mr Kalusa said his organisation will not concentrate much on the referendum because it is purpose has been overshadowed.
‘’In as much as the referendum will be carried out together with the general elections, it will not receive much attention even just from other organisations, unless aggressive measures are put in place now otherwise it may be a nonstarter,” he said.
Mr Kalusa appealed to politicians to take keen interest in sensitising the electorates to reduce voter apathy.