Articles tagged 'election resource centre'

'9th Parly must hold public institutions accountable' 12 September 2018 HARARE - The 9th Parliament must embrace its role of holding public institutions accountable including institutions that should support democracy in Zimbabwe, an election watchdog has said. Election Resource Centre (ERC) said while economic priorities must be deliberated on, considering liveli...
'Con-Court judicial process falls short' 29 August 2018 HARARE - Election Resource Centre (ERC) says the judicial process in the recent Constitutional Court hearing — which dismissed MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa's election petition, who was challenging the results of the 30 July presidential election — fell short of addressing th...
Electoral outcome predetermined 18 August 2018 HARARE - There is nothing new about the shortcomings of the 2018 harmonised elections as the stage for the current dispute was set when authorities refused to strengthen the legal framework for elections immediately after the 2013 elections, an elections watchdog has said. Election Resource Ce...
Election results expose arithmetic errors: ERC 15 August 2018 HARARE - Results for the 2018 harmonised election announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) expose disturbing arithmetic errors, an election watchdog has said. Election Resource Centre (ERC) said apart from the arithmetic errors there were also issues to do with over voting (more vo...
Missing polling station in Glen View 31 July 2018 HARARE - There was a missing polling station in Glen View North Constituency in Harare as polling stations opened yesterday, the Election Resource Centre has said. “The polling station that was meant to be situated at Glen View 1 Shopping Centre could not be located. Potential voters who we...
ERC's analysis of voters' roll 28 July 2018 HARARE - Election Resource Centre (ERC) conducted an analysis of the voters’ roll shared by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) on June 18, 2018. Below are some key aspects of the analysis done by the ERC which complements efforts of other partners in assessing the state of the voters’ rol...
Setback for pro-democracy groups 2 July 2018 HARARE - The country's pro-democratic movement has suffered a huge setback after one of the key funders of civic society groups championing rights and peace-building terminated its funding over noncompliance issues. United States Agency for International Development (USAid) has terminated its ...
ERC to conduct audit of voters' roll 28 June 2018 HARARE - The Election Resource Centre (ERC) said it will conduct an independent audit of the voters' roll to be used for the forthcoming harmonised polls. This follows the release of the voters' roll by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) in electronic format. While acknowledging that t...
'Zec registering only 100 people in Harare/day' 5 May 2018 HARARE - An election watchdog has raised alarm that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is only registering 100 people per day at Cecil House and Remembrance Complex static voter registration centres in Harare, with the prospective registrants being turned away as early as 11am. The observ...
Guspy, Seh Calaz in final voter registration push 17 April 2018 HARARE - The Election Resource Centre (ERC) has partnered Zimdancehall artistes in a drive dubbed “Musakanganwe” meant to remind people who have not yet registered through biometric voter registration (BVR) to do so. The campaign also urges those who have already registered to inspect the vote...
CSOs call for comprehensive electoral processes 7 February 2018 EDITOR — The Election Resource Centre (ERC), Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT), Women Institute in Leadership Development (WILD), National Youth for Development Trust (NYDT) and Christian Alliance note the significant increase in voter registration figures over the last three weeks. The overwhelming r...
Calls for electoral reforms intensify 22 January 2018 HARARE - Election watchdog, the Election Resource Centre (ERC), has petitioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa, urging him to set clear timelines for the implementation of electoral reforms if at all he is sincere about holding free and fair elections. Mnangagwa has repeatedly said his government...
Govt rejects calls for electoral reforms 11 January 2018 HARARE - Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi has indicated government was backing away from its pledge to reform Zimbabwe’s electoral system after political opponents accused the ruling party of trying to rig it. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took power last November after a military-engineer...
CSOs help Mat residents to get IDs 15 December 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) in collaboration with the Election Resource Centre (ERC) has been carrying out documentation clinics in the Matabeleland region to assist potential voters to get documented and registered to vote. ZimRights engaged Abammeli Lawyers for...
Civil society escalates voter education 13 November 2017 HARARE - Civil society has escalated voter education amid growing concerns over poor engagement of the electorate, with the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) and the Election Resource Centre (ERC) launching a campaign in Masvingo last Friday. The campaign — against the backdrop of ...
Zec must adhere to best principles of voter registration 23 June 2017 EDITOR — The Election Resource Centre (ERC), notes with concern the reintroduction of the proof of residence as a prerequisite for one to register to vote without any other alternative. This happening ahead of the imminent voter registration exercise potentially threatens the principle of incl...
'Fears of e-voting unfounded' 16 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's election watchdogs have said fears that the bio-metric voter registration (BVR) and electronic voting system were vulnerable to computer hacking were unfounded. This comes after State media has hazarded that e-voting was vulnerable to hacking, costly and was not a means to ...
Parly consults on electoral reforms 22 October 2016 HARARE - Parliament is next week set to conduct public consultations to gather citizens' views on electoral reforms. The countrywide hearings will be convened by the august House's Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs portfolio committee. The consultations are on the back of a petition,...
Calls for urgent electoral reforms 7 August 2016 HARARE - Stakeholders must urgently form a coalition to push for electoral reforms as Zimbabwe is less than two years away from holding polls, the Election Resource Centre (ERC) has said. The reforms, ERC executive director Tawanda Chimhini said, will improve the electoral process. He told ...
Civil society, election stakeholders meet 21 July 2016 HARARE - Civil society and other election stakeholders on Tuesday met in Harare at a conference which ran under the theme, ‘‘Building consensus on electoral reform–making, demand must meet supply’’ that sought to provide a platform to build consensus on priorities for electoral reform. The con...
'Leaders afraid of their own people' 16 May 2016 HARARE - The country's current crop of leadership is thriving on the fact that the people they lead are ill-informed of their rights enshrined in the Constitution, Election Resource Centre (ERC) executive director Tawanda Chimhini has said. Chimhini, whose organisation has been conducting road...
'Stay by-elections pending Act changes' 15 January 2015 HARARE - Election Resource Centre (ERC) has called for a stay of the forthcoming by-elections until the Electoral Act has been fully harmonised with the Zimbabwe Constitution. President Robert Mugabe has proclaimed in the Government Gazette — March 27  as the date for the Mount Darwin West and...
Con-Court stays ERC officials' prosecution 4 September 2014 HARARE - The Constitutional Court has ordered the stay of prosecution of Election Resource Centre (ERC) officials accused of illegally conducting voter education. A full bench of the Con-Court judges ruled that there was no reasonable suspicion warranting the ERC and three others to face crimi...
We are unhappy with signing of electoral bill 28 August 2014 EDITOR — The Election Resource Centre (ERC) expresses its disquiet at the recent signing of the Electoral Amendment Bill into law by President Robert Mugabe as notified in the Government Gazette of Friday August 22, 2014.  The presidential assent to the electoral changes happened in the realm of ...
Electoral Act still flawed: ERC 28 August 2014 HARARE - Election Resource Centre (ERC) has said the recently enacted Electoral Act does not fundamentally address challenges in the conduct of elections in Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe last week signed the Electoral Amendment Bill into law. The proposed amendments would  direct the Zi...