The Electoral Process Act No. 35 of 2016 Section 80 states that the Commission shall provide Voter Education for an election. The Commission is mandated to provide Voter Education and information that will enable citizens to participate meaningfully in the Electoral Process.
The provision of Voter Education and information is guided by three (3) key principles. These principles are critical in ensuring the credibility and positive impact of Voter Education and information programmes. The following are the principles of Voter Education;
Non-partisanship entails that Voter Education provides information that doesn’t unduly favor any of the candidates in elections. It is focused on providing the voter with electoral education and information in a neutral manner.
Voter Education provides factual, impartial and unbiased information that doesn’t seek to interpret or make decisions for the voter. The voter is provided with sufficient Voter Education and electoral information to enable them make decisions on their own.
Voter education and information should be readily available to the people regardless of sex, religion, political affiliation, tribe, disability, etc. All Voter Education activities are conducted in a straight forward, clear and open manner
Voter Education is implemented or conducted through a structure which comprises of committees as follows;
The National Voter Education Committee (NVEC) advises the Commission on the design and dissemination of civic/voter information and education relevant to citizen’s participation in the electoral and referendum processes, the Commission nominates member organizations to NVEC who in turn choose individuals to seat on the committee.
The following are the functions of the National Voter Education Committee (NVEC)
The District Voter Education Committee (DVEC) comprises of individuals from Civil Society Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, Government Ministries and Institutions to be determined by the Commission. The District Voter Education Committee members are appointed by the District Electoral Officer on behalf of the Commission. The total number of DVEC members does not exceed ten (10).
The following are the functions of the District Voter Education Committee (DVEC))
These are individuals who are recruited by the Commission to conduct training of District Voter Education Committee (DVEC) members and Voter Education Facilitators (VEFs) at district level.
The duties and responsibilities of the district voter education
Voter Education Facilitators (VEFs) have the task of delivering Voter Education to citizens. Their duties are to;
The Electoral Commission of Zambia established the voter education school club in order to work with the school system to enlighten learners on electoral matters and create awareness of their responsibility in the electoral process.
Below are the objects of the VESCs;