Presentation on theme: "ROLES OF VOTER EDUCATION FACILITATORS"— Presentation transcript:
1 ROLES OF VOTER EDUCATION FACILITATORS PRESENTED BY DAVID MWANZACARITAS ZAMBIA
2 OUTLINE OF THE PRESENTATION Will discuss who voter education facilitators areWill look at why voter education facilitators are importantWill discuss the importance of voter education/votingWill discuss key things that a voter education facilitator needs to highlight/know
3 Voter education facilitators Who are they?Should be able to get meaning from the three words, that is; VOTER, EDUCATION, FACILITATORSIt is important to carefully consider the wordsEducation facilitators could be on any topic. However Voter education facilitators focuss on voters and the information they need to be able to vote properly without difficulties and with understanding of what exactly he/she is doingOne can vote without knowing why he/she is voting and with really understanding the process and meaning
4 CONTINUEDA voter is a person on the voters roll, one who is eligible to vote, an elector or member of the electorateEducation (educator) refers to training, teaching, learning or tutelage among othersA facilitator is a HELPER, ORGANIZER COORDINATOR
5 continuedOne would therefore not be wrong to say a voter education facilitator is an ELECTOR TRAINING HELPERIn other words is a person(s) who helps voters through some form of training, learning process or tutoring in for purposes of them being able to vote and vote rightly.Voter education facilitators have the responsibility helping understand their role in the electoral process
6 Importance of voter education facilitators Citizens participation in governance is the lifeblood of any democracyAnd for any democracy to be upheld there is need for regular free and fair, credible and legitimate elections.Therefore, for citizens to effectively take part in governance they need to take part in electing their leaders who will represent them at various levelsAgain citizens need to understand the process, significance of electing these leadersAnd for them to understand there is need for voter education facilitators
7 continuedIt is true that the quality of governance is directly related to the quality and level of development in a countryIt is almost universally accepted that countries with good governance records are better developed with big percentage of their citizens having better living conditionsGovernance of any country can only improve with full involvement and participation of its citizensAnd since governance is related to development, it is true that for a country to develop citizens need to be involved in both these processes
8 continuedThe role of voter education facilitators is important because it influences the development of the countryAs more and more citizens understand and participate (get involved) in the process of voting (governance), it is assumed or expected that that the quality of governance will improve thereby leading to developmentAs a country continues to develop it is expected that even the quality of governance will continue to improve as citizens will become more and more enlightened and will therefore be able to participate in the process.
9 Why is voter education important Rural voters especially women, youth and various marginalized groups such as the differently abled who reside in remote places usually do not have access to voter education programmesHigh levels of illiteracy is also a contributing factor to low levels of knowledge among the general citizenry on issues of election and voting-there is therefore need to continuously engage in voter educationIf elections are to reflect the will and wishes of the people then voter education needs to be conducted to help citizens make informed and better choicesIn Zambia the electoral act No 12 of 2006 part VI does highlight the importance of voter education
10 Why is voting important It is a right and therefore everyone should be allowed to exercise itIt allow citizens to have a say on who governs themIt is a fundamental principle of any representative democracyIt is one way citizens take part in the governance process of the countryIt helps put the good leaders in office and the bad ones outIt allows change of government without violence
11 Key things that a voter education facilitator should know A voter education facilitator needs to know that voter education AIMS at giving people information about the voting process, who can vote, what voting is and how one should voteHe/She should understand that the aim of voter education is to get as much people as possible to vote during electionsA voter education facilitator should understand what a DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT is…It is a government of the people, by the people and for the people
12 continuedIt means people need to participate/take part in decisions that affect their livesIt also means that people elect their representatives or governments that represent their views, values, beliefs and wishesA voter education facilitator needs to know that a democratic government represents MOST of the people and NOT ALL the people- the majority rule in a democracyShe/he needs to understand that whether right or wrong the majority’s wishes hold
13 continued She/he needs to know what an election is- Elections are when people vote for the best individual or party that they feel will best represent their own wishes and needsShe/he needs to know and emphasize that for elections to be free, fair, credible and legitimate voters must be free to vote without fear, intimidation, violence, bribery or forceWho can vote……….in Zambia one needs to be 18years or older and have a National Registration Card and be registered as a voterHe/she should know what a BALLOT IS- a form voters are given on election day to mark their vote
14 continuedVoter education facilitators need to know how to vote- how does one vote (mark a ballot)He/ She needs to know and emphasize the secrecy of votingHe/she needs to know the role of monitors during electionsHe/she should, even in brief, understand the various electoral systems1-single member plurality2-single member majority3-proportional representation4-mixed member proportional system
15 Continued He/she needs to know the rights of voters The role of the media and the role of citizens in generalShe/he needs to be non-partisan or bias while conducting their voter educationShe/he must be truthful in their efforts and should be aware that if found deliberately misinforming people she/he will be prosecuted, hence should be factual.