Voter education in Zimbabwe: Towards achieving full freedom of expression

Introduction

Public confidence in electoral processes is fundamental to the credibility of elections. A myriad of processes must precede any elections for this confidence to be achieved. Confidence in the processes ensures buy in and informed participation. Voter education forms the cog of building this public confidence in electoral processes anywhere in the world. While many other processes such as voter registration, stakeholder engagement, legislation, inspection and delimitation among others aid to build confidence, voter education facilitates understanding of all the processes. Voter education according to the NDI[1] (1999) is the “process by which citizens are educated on how to register and vote, develop a sense of civic duty to participate in the electoral process, and learn to respect the outcome of legitimate elections.”

[1] NDI in Jennings K, 1999, The Role of Electoral Management Bodies In Supporting Voter Education: Lessons Learned and Challenges, “Education For Participation”, National Democratic Institute (NDI), Mexico

Voter education in Zimbabwe: Towards achieving full freedom of expression

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