Livingstone Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Assistant Registration Officer, Nelson Sakala has challenged opposition political party leaders in the country to empower their youths with vital information on their civic rights.
Mr. Sakala charged that instead of focusing on using youths for political violence, parties should encourage their youths to register as voters to be able to participate in next year’s general elections.
He said this in during a District Voter Education Committee (DVEC) Meeting.
Mr. Sakala urged political party leaders to partner with ECZ in voter sensitization instead of dwelling on petty issues.
The mobile voter registration exercise which commenced on June 21 this year is scheduled to end on September 18, 2010.
And the Assistant Registration Officer said Livingstone had recorded 8,824 new registered voters and 13 death notifications while 8,338 registered voters changed particulars on their voters’ cards.
He said only 1,176 people are needed to register as new voters for Livingstone to meet its target of capturing 10, 000 new voters during the mobile registration period.
Meanwhile, Mr. Sakala said the registration centre at Mulwani Basic School and the one at Victoria Hall within town had been reopened to cater for people that were not captured in the voters register.
He said the Victoria Hall centre would be open until September 18 since it was centrally located and could cater for people from most areas of the tourist capital that still needed to register as new voters or update particulars on their voter’s cards.