By Buhle Tshavango
Zimbabwe’s largest opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC (Tsvangirai led) has intensified door to door voter registration as part of its campaign towards the 2018 harmonised elections.
The campaign which was initially launched in April by the party’s youths has branched out to include the women’s league which has seen the women moving in around houses in the capital as part of their campaign strategy to attract new voters.
The women’s league campaign is targeted at all constituencies in Harare, and is aimed at attracting 500 000 new potential voters ahead of next year’s general elections.
The targeted number of 500 000 new female voters after the completion of the voter registration process is a quarter of the party’s youth league target of 2 million new voters.
MDC-T which has failed to participate in most by-elections citing a need for electoral reforms first seems to have been saving its energy for the Presidential energy as the party has launched massive campaigns that have reached out to even the sex-workers, leaving no stone unturned in their bid for democratic change.
Kuwadzana East Ward 37 led by Hon Chamisa is set to launch its own door to door registration and mobilisation process on the 27th of this month, but it seems the MP for the area has already begun mobilisation.
“In Kuwadzana doorstep and house visits, listening to residents and encouraging them to vote!!Fantastic experience and response” shared Hon Chamisa to his twitter followers.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that clashes ensued in Epworth between MDC-T youths and ZANU-PF supporters who were also holding the door to door campaigns.
MDC-T has set its eyes on women’s vote with ‘kitchen teas’ taking place in the rural areas. The women’s league leader Lynnet Karenyi says women have been identified as influencers as they have the capability of encouraging their family members to vote.
Women and young people have constituted the highest numbers in terms of voter apathy and their votes will go a long way in the much anticipated 2018 poll.
By Buhle Tshavango