WHY IS VOTING SO IMPORTANT?

In a democratic country, the act of voting is exercising your most basic right.

Your vote is your right. Many people before you fought hard and sacrificed their lives to secure your freedom to vote. Your vote is one of the best ways to make your voice heard in government.

According to the Zimbabwean Constitution:

1) Every Zimbabwean citizen has the right—

(a) to free, fair and regular elections for any elective public office established in terms of this Constitution or any other law; and

(b) to make political choices freely.

(2) Subject to this Constitution, every Zimbabwean citizen has the right—

(a) to form, to join and to participate in the activities of a political party or organisation of their choice;

(b) to campaign freely and peacefully for a political party or cause;

(c) to participate in peaceful political activity; and

(d) to participate, individually or collectively, in gatherings or groups or in any other manner, in peaceful activities to influence, challenge or support the policies of the

Government or any political or whatever cause.

(3) Subject to this Constitution, every Zimbabwean citizen who is of or over eighteen years of age has the right—

(a) to vote in all elections and referendums to which this Constitution or any other law applies, and to do so in secret; and

(b) to stand for election for public office and, if elected, to hold such office.

(4) For the purpose of promoting multi-party democracy, an Act of Parliament must provide for the funding of political parties.