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Exercise your right to vote

Youthful Living with PASTOR MOYO M
THE long awaited election date is nearer now. Next week, Zambians go to the polls to elect political leaders.
It is an undeniable fact that August 11, 2016 is a very important day to all Zambians going by the nature of who and what we shall be voting for.
On August 11, 2016, Zambians have an opportunity to elect the State President, members of Parliament, city council mayors or district council chairpersons and councillors.
In short, through this year’s elections, national, district, constituency and local government leadership shall be put in place.
This year’s elections are unique and historical in nature, not only by virtue of newly introduced Presidential running mates, voting for district and city council leadership but also the referendum.
In the referendum we have been given a chance to have a say on our rights as Zambians. We shall be required to vote “Yes” for the addition or “No” as refusal to add to new social, economic and political rights to be enshrined in the Zambian Constitution and amendments to other existing rights.
We really need to exercise our rights to vote in this year’s elections because its effects will go beyond five years.
The effects of any leadership ushered into office outlives its five years tenure. In addition, the referendum determines the rights we desire to enjoy for possibly a long time.
Missing such an opportunity to exercise this rare right that may come once in one’s life time is depriving oneself of the greatest chance to shape the present and future of our mother Zambia.
My earnest appeal is that, as we go to the polls, let us think beyond this generations so that we avoid corrupting and being corrupt.
I will re-echo the call for peace and appeal to all youths to refrain from violence before, during and after elections. Let the motto: One Zambia, One Nation and its fundamental pillar of peace, prosperity and progress upon which Zambia is built on, be upheld.
Let us uphold the biblical principle of, “Love your neighbour as you love yourself” Matthew 22:39 (NIV).
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