The Anti-Voter Apathy Project, AVAP, is concerned at the slow pace at which the mobile National Registration Card issuance is been conducted.
AVAP, Executive Director, Bonnie Tembo, said there is need to speed up the exercise if many people are to be given a chance to obtain NRC’s before the 2011 general elections.
Mr. Tembo said in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka that lack of proper preparations for the exercise will impact negatively on the 2011 elections adding that many people will disenfranchised.
He explained that this is also likely to bring about voter apathy among voters in the country.
He cited the forth-coming Chitambo parliamentary and 15 other local government by-elections as one of the elections that are expected to record high levels of voter apathy adding that many people lost their NRC’s and Voters cards which need to be replaced before 13th August.
Mr. Tembo has also called on theto create effective awareness among the citizens on the Mobile Cards NRC issuance.
He explained that there is need for the ministry to provide adequate information about the programme if many people are to understand and be encouraged to obtain NRC’s.
He added that NRC’s are an important document that all citizens must have hence the need for the ministry to divase measures that will see to it that the exercise benefits many people.
Mr.Tembo explained that people need to understand the importance of them acquiring the document through the use of mobile units adding that it can only be done making by information available to the public.
He cited the media as one of the effective channels that can be used to create awareness among the people through adverts that can encourage people to turn up in numbers during the exercise.
Government through the Ministry of Home Affairs on 1st June 2009 embarked on a mobile issuance of NRC, and the project is currently underway in North Western province.