Chamisa in whistle-stop voter registration drive

Source: Chamisa in whistle-stop voter registration drive – DailyNews Live

STAFF WRITER      10 December 2017

HARARE – With under seven months to go until the 2018 general election,
the first bus tour to convert the growing number of unregistered voters in
Kuwadzana East in Harare is underway led by the local MDC MP Nelson

The whistle-stop tour is using open vans blaring Zimdancehall and digital
music to attract the millennials as well as traditional music for the
elderly. It has excited the electorate in Kuwadzana East to turn out in
numbers to register under the ongoing biometric voter registration blitz.

It comes as electoral roll numbers have tumbled particularly among the
young, and is seeking to shore-up voter drop-off rates that are ringing
alarm bells.

“The modern politics demand modern-day tools and strategies to reach out
to various sections of the population, the elderly we have traditional
music such as Jah Prayzah, for the millenials we are playing Zimdancehall,
digital music and ragga. We are doing something novel to get the
constituency excited about voting,” Chamisa told the Daily News on Sunday.

Over the past week, Chamisa’s tour has interacted with as many potential
voters as possible and urged them to register to take part in the upcoming
2018 general election.

The MDC MP said elections are the lifeblood of any democracy so it is a
scandal that so many people cannot vote.

“If you are not registered to vote, your are part of the contributor to
your misery. You can’t be jobless and not be on the voters’ roll, you
can’t be in a bank queue and not registered to vote, you can’t be a
citizen fed-up of one TV station and still not be registered to vote,”
Chamisa said.