Churches demand electoral reforms

HARARE - Zimbabwe's forthcoming election does not offer opposition parties a level playing field amid a host of problems marring a vote that could define the future of the country, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has said.

ZCC, representing 26 different denominations, said in a statement that as political parties and aspiring candidates intensify efforts to campaign and canvass for votes, churches would wish to see a nonviolent and forward-looking campaign period characterised by a level playing field, constructive dialogue and engagement, nonviolence, national unity, critical reflection, mutual accountability and tolerance for different views.

“We remain concerned that failure to achieve robust and acceptable electoral reforms inevitably undermines the integrity of the election system and the legitimacy of the election result,” ZCC said in a statement.

“We are concerned that the internal democratic processes in a number of political parties appear ill-equipped to deliver nonviolent, credible processes to democratically select electoral candidates”.

This comes as opposition political parties have been demanding electoral reforms.

They have even staged demonstrations under the umbrella of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) to hammer the point.

ZCC also urged political parties to avoid hate speech and provocative language, urging politicians not to use money to exploit young people to commit acts of violence.

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prof vuka - 7 June 2018

With only a few weeks to the pole, ZCC, the Catholic Bishop's Conference and other church umbrella organisations should be applying real pressure on Munangagwa, Parliament and ZEC for real electroral reforms. Speaking from the terraces like cheer leaders will not help. Get into the arena and engage the stakeholders. In other countries, the church wields real power and its voice has real impact, of course not if the church is also partisan.

Mwanawevhu - 7 June 2018

ZCC is confused organisation its sound nice to say electoral reforms but do we real know what we want done. The tendency is to parrot the opposition campaign message which makes the ZCC and organisations of its ilk MDC appendages

seku Tawo - 7 June 2018

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