By JACKSON MAPAPAYI
NORTH-WESTERN Province Patriotic Front (PF) youth chairperson Amnion Hara is worried about the low participation by youths in the on-going delimitation process being spearheaded by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).
Mr Hara said in an interview it was unfortunate that the youth, who were the future leaders, were shunning such an important exercise.
He said the exercise was well-intended and aimed at bringing electoral services closer to the people.
“I have noted with great concern that a number of youths are not participating in the exercise. This is very sad,’’ Mr Hara said.
He said the exercise should not be taken political because it was neither a PF nor other political party’s exercise.
“This is an exercise for all the people regardless of which political party they belong to,” he said.
Mr Hara, however, attributed the low turnout to poor publicity by the commission.
He said little had been done to publicise the sittings. “I am therefore urging the commission to do more publicity in the remaining districts so that stakeholders, including the youths, can participate in the exercise,” Mr Hara said.
The delimitation sittings in North-Western Province started last month and so far Chavuma, Kabompo, Manyinga, Mufumbwe, Kasempa and Solwezi have been covered.
Meanwhile, North-Western Development Council of Elders secretary Kenneth Kapata has commended ECZ for embarking on the exercise. Mr Kapata, however, said his organisation hoped the exercise would be a success.