FODEP Livingstone District chairperson Gideon Musonda said the number of unregistered people were still many and hence there was need for the Government to urgently fund the exercise.
Mr Musonda said in a press statement in Livingstone yesterday that FODEP had been executing Voter mobilisation Canadian Government funded project dubbed Go Out to Register (GOTR) Campaign to suppliment the country’s efforts.
The objectives has been to enhance credibility of the process and increase huge numbers of people registering as voters so as to substantially contribute to the attainment of ECZ set target through fodep’s monitoring and robust civic and voter education campaigns.
“The numbers of unregistered voters that has continued to frequent Livingstone Civic Centre for registration, this gives an indication that people are responding to our message and many are extremely earger to register.
However our concern is on the people living in peripheral areas of Livingstone. It has been a huge challenge for people from Kasiya, Simonga, Shungu Wards among others to cover long distances to go and register as voters at civic centre,” Mr Musonda said.
He said it was evident that a good number of people in remote areas would be disenfranchised if Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) did not conduct mobile registration in such areas.
“FODEP will continue conducting its civic and voter sensitization programs aimed at urging people to go and register during these few remaining weeks.
“We also appeal to other stakeholders, political parties to take advantage of their community mobilisation meetings or rallies to urge peopled to go and register before the exercise ends,” Mr Musonda said.
He said it was FODEP’s prayer that Government would listen to the appeal and act positively.