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CiZC holds community meeting in Marondera
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
September 16, 2011

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition held a community meeting in Yellow City Marondera, Mashonaland East province on the 15th of September 2011 which attended by 65 people (41 men, 34 women).

The objective of the meeting was to mobilize citizens to actively participate in the referendum and future elections. The meeting was also aimed at providing a platform for civic input into the Electoral Amendment Bill ahead of the Parliament led public hearings scheduled to begin end of September in all 10 administrative provinces. The Coalition team also took the opportunity to update participants on the constitutional reform process with participants urging the Coalition, other civic groups and political parties to denounce violence and call for peace ahead of elections.

The following issues emerged at the meeting:

  • The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) should compile a new voter's roll with the exclusion of the deceased and addition of new voters through a flexible registration mechanism.
  • A Ward based voter's roll should be compiled as opposed to a polling station based voter's roll
  • International monitors and observers should be in Zimbabwe six months before and six moths after elections.
  • ZEC should be independent and conduct its duties in professional manner.
  • Security forces include the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) should not be directly involved in conducting of elections and should abide by their core mandate of protecting citizens.
  • Soldiers deployed across the country should be recalled and confined to the barracks during elections.
  • Police should not be in the polling station during elections.
  • The issues of political violence should be addressed by the inclusive government before elections.
  • The inclusive government should create a conducive environment for participation of women in national processes such as elections.
  • There should be 50% representation of women in all decision making positions at both local and international processes such as elections.

Participants also urged each other to register ahead of any electoral process and to vote during the referendum or elections.

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