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August 01, 2013
With the counting
of results underway, the election period still not over at least
until the 5th of August, we have learnt a lot from the processes
that have been terminated so far. We are proud to say 2013 has observed
peace thus far and we welcome the peace that is prevailing. We would
like to give Zimbabweans a standing ovation for upholding peace
during the critical pre-election and election period. Zimbabweans
have just attested that they can do it.
The Election Day was
swathed with peace throughout and there were no reports on violence
and intimidation around the country. Before sunrise yesterday, determined
Zimbabweans were already queuing at polling stations and they confirmed
that the process was relatively fair and different from the previous
a history of political contestations and recorded election related
violence. The year 2008 was marred
by intimidation, killings and torture by political parties with
Mugabe’s led Zanu-PF being the leading perpetrators. Contrariwise,
this year’s pre-election and election period was peaceful
and both political parties tried to organize well without using
violence as a tool for political expedience.
During the campaigning
period, political parties did their campaigns without disrupting
each other’s activities and there were even incidents when
the two leading parties MDC-T and Zanu-PF would do their campaigns
or stick posters side by side. For a change, tolerance triumphed
during the campaigning period. Despite some reports on politically
motivated violence in some Zimbabwean rural areas, the pre-election
period was relatively peaceful.
Zimbabweans have hailed
peace as a key milestone to democracy and realizing a peaceful end
to elections as a means to consolidate democracy but the country
is yet to realize stability with democratic legitimacy. Achieving
peace does not mean that we have attained democracy. In as much
as we have made a difference as compared to the preceding elections,
a lot of reforms still need to be made so that we have free and
fair elections in this country. As we make reflections on the systematic
campaigns that have been put in place to disrupt voter registration
and how thousands of voters have been deliberately disenfranchised,
it goes without saying, there is a lot more to be desired for Zimbabwe.
That being the case,
the Youth Forum continues to encourage each and every individual
to keep upholding peace as we all wait for the verdict of the ballot
and to evade all forms of post-election violence.
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