By Lloyd Takawira
ProjectVote263 has deplored the perpetration of violence by the police force after yet another disruption on it’s voter registration campaign in Lupane.
In a statement, ProjectVote263 said the violent disruption on its voter registration campaigns by the police represent a shrinking democratic space in the country.
“We are disappointed that the riot police disrupted our sporting event in Lupane today which was meant to educate citizens about voter registration. They chased people in very violent manner, this unwarranted harassment has to stop, we are a non partisan organisation.”
Human rights activist, Youngerson Matate said the violent disruption of voter registration campaign represents continued shrinking of the democratic space.
“The violent disruption of our games today in Lupane is an indicator of a continuous shrinking democratic space @ProjectVote263 is not a political formation neither is it western sponsored but its a non partisan and non profit org, we are worried with this continuous harassment,” said Matate.
Allan Chipoyi Chairperson Project Vote365 said that despite the police brutality they remain committed to ensuring that all young people in Zimbabwe are registered to vote .
“Trivialities comes, political persecution thru prosecution comes. But we remain firm! Voting is a constitutional mandated right. Let’s embrace it with no shame! Provision of mobility facilities to assist Zimbabwean’s carry out their voting right is not a crime,” said Chipoyi
Zimbabwe goes for the election in 2023. Most civil society organizations have embarked on voter registration campaigns in order to encourage those who have not yet register to so.