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Zimbabwe Civic Group Embarks on a Voter Education Program

Though at odds of late with the political opposition, Zimbabwe's National Constitutional Assembly says it has launched a voter education program for rural residents to inform them why it is critical for them to register and vote in the elections slated for March.

NCA officials say they are organizing beer-and-barbecue gatherings where organizers can inform rural dwellers about what they say is the manipulation of election rules by the ruling ZANU-PF party, and how voters can overcome this by going to the polls.

NCA spokesman Maddock Chivasa told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his organization has taken the campaign to Manicaland and to the provinces of Mashonaland East and Central, traditionally ruling party strongholds.

Chivasa added that the NCA also wants to counter "falsehoods" to the effect that the organization opposes the elections because it vehemently opposed a constitutional amendment allowing presidential and general elections both to be held in 2008.

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