ERC calls for major electoral reforms

HARARE- A localelection watchdog has highlighted three major areas that need improvement if Zimbabwe is to hold free, fair and credible elections in future.

In its analysis of elections held in the last three years, the Election Resource Centre (ERC) noted that Zimbabwe’s polls faltered on three major fronts namely imperfections in the legal framework; weaknesses in the manner electoral processes are administered and a political environment that does not allow for a fair contest.

It therefore recommends that Parliament and the Executive consider an inclusive process of institutionally reforming the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, looking at its personnel, practices, while at the same time reforming the legal framework for elections looking at the Electoral Act, the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Public Order and Security Act and all election-related regulations and procedures focusing on constitutionality and international best practises.

ERC also recommended the reformation of the conduct of the State media, reforming the conduct of traditional leaders and the role of the military in civilian affairs.

“...The ERC recommends the setting up of a bi-partisan and possibly multi-stakeholder Electoral Reform Committee that reports to Parliament with defined terms of
reference and a fixed life span to review and action agreed recommendations through supporting State institutions to improve our future elections,” said ERC.

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Larry Garber - 13 September 2018

The current electoral process favors ZANU PF and no wonder heir unwillingness to effect electoral reforms which have been the rallying of the opposition for decades. The country is at a mess due to greed and selfishness of illegitimate regime. Just to think of it Rhodesia had clean water, top notch health delivery system, abundant food, strong currency, zero unemployment etc. Now the very black government spends money on motorcades , security guards Mr Ian Douglas Smith never had. Testimony of being unpopular and ruling by dictatorship. All essentials are now in short supply and Cholera has taken its abode in Zimbabwe. They must be proud of themselves. It's undeniable that people were much better off in Rhodesia than current situation were millions have escaped to neighboring countries . So this was the Game Plan of much talked about Liberation Struggle ???

Eddy - 13 September 2018

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