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FOUR CSOS PARTNER TO REDUCE VOTER APATHY IN 2016

Four Civil Society Organizations have formed a coalition to conduct national civic and voter sensitization campaigns targeting the 2016 General Elections. Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL), Operation Young Vote (OYV), Anti-Voter Apathy Project (AVAP) and Young Women in Action (YWA) have partnered on a project aimed at sensitizing citizens, especially the youth and women about the purpose and importance of voting.  The project which is being funded by Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and HIVOS will work towards reversing the high prevalence of voter apathy witnessed in previous elections. The Triple V campaign (My Vote My Voice My Victory) will publicise fundamental stages in the electoral process which include registration, verification and voting. The campaign will also outline the basics of elections such as who can vote, when the election will be held, where one goes to vote, the hours when polling stations are open, and what the very process of casting a ballot entails. The campaign will attempt to communicate equally to literate and non-literate voters using non-conventional methods such as ICTs, road shows, music concerts and popular theatre in universities, colleges, during traditional ceremonies and other public events.  The Coalition is hopeful that through this project, the youth and women will be motivated to go out, register and vote during the 2016 elections