The Anti-Voter Apathy (VAP) says Zambia’s democracy is under threat if nothing is done to quickly address the continued rising voter apathy being recorded during elections.
AVAP Executive Director Richwell Mulwani said the continued low voter turnout can harm the country’s efforts towards growing and cementing its democratic system.
Mr. Mulwani said democracy can only be sustained when voters are continuously participate in the governance of the country through choosing leaders.
He has pledged that AVAP will continue to educate the electorates on the importance of voting to choose their leaders.
He said there was no need of forcing people to vote as it is being done in other countries where the electorates are penalized with a fine for not voting.
Mr. Mulwani explained that voting should be done freely without any coercion.
The AVAP Executive Director noted that forcing people to vote becomes an infringement on their civil rights.
Zambia is expected to hold a parliamentary by election in Sesheke on February 12, 2019 following the death of UPND Member of Parliament, Frank Kufakwandi last month.
In recent by-elections such as Mangango, Lusaka mayoral and various ward elections, the Electoral Commission of Zambia recorded low voter turnout.