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Zimbabwe Organization For The Youth In Politics
January 29, 2013
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Blinding Tide of Elections
The tide of
elections if fast rising with each and every passing hour in Zimbabwe
with regional and international community growing more interested
in the turn of events.
It is inevitable
and fitting that Zimbabwe should finally go for polls especially
with the collapse of the Global
Political Agreement. The GPA facilitated the consummation of
the government of national unity under a tripartite arrangement.
It is flatly discernible that the country is in an election mode
both at intra and inter party levels.
talk has swelled to the extent of overshadowing all other important
political aspects of national importance like the constitution
making process and a wide array of reforms as espoused in the
Global Political Agreement.
me to the critical aspect of this piece. Let us not forget so fast
what led to the coalition
government we are in currently.
There are various
reasons though largely tied to electoral contestations of the presidential
election of 2008. The election was marked by disturbing delays
in announcement of the election result hence
fuelling political violence of shocking magnitudes. Many people
lost their lives, some were maimed, some fled the country and some
lost their properties in the electoral madness pitting MDCT's Tsvangirai's
and President R.G Mugabe representing ZANU-PF. These two were the
centre of the contest although there were others in the presidential
It cannot be
disputed that the GNU has done the best it could under very tough
circumstances but it is also factual that it can no longer continue
beyond 2013 as the country risk reversing the gains that accrued
to recognize and address are the electoral challenges of the past
elections which in a way pulled the country into chaos and disorder.
Some of the
reforms that Zimbabwean should make sure are implemented before
we go for polls are as follows:
reform - The completion of a new constitution
- Media reforms
- especially the public media which should carry its mandate free
from political pressure. The public media has been subverted into
a political party mouthpiece while riding on hate speech and hate
sector re-alignment - The politicization of the security forces
has played a key role in the electoral processes hence the need
to make sure that the security forces remain a credible and reliable
national force serving the interests of the public.
reforms - Legitimization of the Zimbabwe Election Commission into
a fully independent electoral body.
reforms - the Public
Order and Security Act (POSA) the Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) have
been effectively used to disadvantage opposition party supporters.
There should be clear election management procedures to mitigate
issues of electoral fraud - Local and external observers should
be able to do their work freely.
This will somehow
assist in leveling the electoral field and pave way for a 'transparent'
election in which the vote and the voter remain safe and free from
political manipulation. Electoral disagreements have been key to
post election violence.
should not been rushed to an election whose outcome would not bear
any semblance of legitimacy while jeopardizing their lives. Recently
reports in a local press indicate that some terror bases in Mberengwa
have resurfaced as the election talk gathers momentum. The constitution
should be completed to allow the election to be held in an environment
that is regulated. There is need to transfer voter registration
exercise from the Registrar General's Office to the Zimbabwe Election
Commission where it falls under. All election related election issues
should fall under the rightful commission to avoid the glaring voter's
roll errors currently existing.
surely coming. There are no two ways about it. Political parties
have exchanged words and the stage has been set but like we all
know, when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers most.
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