Leading opposition party, Chama Cha Maendeleo (Chadema) is urging its members to register in large numbers in the ongoing Biometric Vote Registration (BVR) if they hope participate in the October General Election.
Chadema backs campaign to encourage women participation in General Election
Making the call yesterday in Dar es Salaam, Chadema Coastal Zone Chairman Mabele Marando also urged them party followers to disregard rumours that the opposition coalition Ukawa is divided may not appoint a candidate to vie for presidency.
Speaking at the launch of an initiative to encourage women participation dubbed “Amsha Wanawake Tanzania” (Wake Tanzanian women) that is to be conducted countrywide, Marando refuted claims that the collection of presidential forms by Civic United Front (CUF) Chairman Professor Ibrahim Lipumba is a sign of Ukawa’s disunity.
The campaign is the brain child of the Tanzanian chapter of the activist group, the Women Band Directors International (WBDI) whose country Director, Lilian Wassira said the campaign will be conducted door-to door.
“We aim to awaken all women in Tanzania to stand up and go for the registration in the permanent voters book as well as participating to the coming general election,” she said.
“This is time for liberalisation…women have the power to bring change in the country, I do believe through this intiative the message will reach many women in the country” she said.
Director Wassira cautioned women to be wary of Presidential nomination who claim to be clean emphasising that the hardships in their lives can be changed if they participate in the elections.
Earlier, ward councilor of special seats –Kinondoni Rose Moshi also cautioned women not to give up their votes for petty gifts but rather, to seize the moment to bring change.