By Scoop Reporter
THE National Democratic Congress (NDC) wants a law that will make it compulsory for everyone eligible to vote in Zambia to participate.
NDC Copperbelt provincial chairperson George Sichula says compulsory voting is an effect of laws which require eligible citizens to register and vote in elections, and may impose penalties on those who fail to do so.
Mr. Sichula says his party has observed with dismay that there has been very serious voter apathy in almost every election in Zambia.
He says in places like Australia where compulsory voting is enforced, citizens are required to vote by either post or online to avoid a fine for not voting and that their turnout fluctuates between 90-95 percent.
He says voter turnout is directly or positively related to strong public approval or strong public disapproval of the incumbent President and that this will encourage a popular vote unlike these minority leaders Zambia gets.
“Voting is important because it makes you decide who makes the decisions on the issues you care about. Voting gives you the power to decide how Zambia is run. The MPs you help to elect will be making decisions on issues that you care about, including job creation, housing, education and the environment.
“By voting in the election, you can support a candidate who will represent your views in Parliament, and can influence the policy issues you care about. An election is also your chance to speak out if you have a complaint about the way the country is being run. Remember, voting is not the only way to participate but it’s the quickest and easiest way,” Mr. Sichula said.
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ARTICLE 26 Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.