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Agenda activity update
June 11, 2013
Agenda holds a Community Public Meeting in Maphisa
More than 150
citizens from Maphisa and surrounding areas attended a Community
Public Meeting organised by Matobo Agenda, a chapter of Bulawayo
Agenda last Saturday at Maphisa growth point. The meeting saw representatives
of MDC’s Nhlanhla Dube and ZAPU’s Mncedisi Tshabangu
sharing their party positions
and readiness for elections regarding the Constitutional Court
elections should be held by the 31st of July. Despite confirming
attendance, Zanu-PF and MDC-T failed to send representatives at
the last minute.
Below are major
highlights of the meeting:
- On Constitutional
court decision, both representatives said their parties respected
the court’s decision but argued that the practicality of
holding elections without the key reforms was questionable as
there were challenges of funding which the country may not be
able to address within the given time-frame.
said the Constitutional Court’s decision failed to accommodate
the Mobile Voter Registration process, inspection of the voters’
role and the nominations process which need at least 30 days before
proclamation of election date, as stipulated by the constitution.
said the Constitutional court’s decision was more of an
expression of some “political wish” as it overlooked
the conditions on the ground that may affect the credibility of
urged political parties to focus on addressing the key reforms
before the dissolution of parliament instead of complaining through
the media whilst time is running out.
- On the political
environment - Vote buying is rampant in the area as Zanu-PF has
been dishing out rice and wheat on partisan grounds.
raised concerns of vote-buying as war vets are being promised
a pay rise if they vote for Zanu-PF in the next election.
- Youths were
challenged to avoid being used during elections to perpetrate
violence as this hindered community development and also fueled
community conflict resulting in a disintegrated community.
- On Mobile
Voter Registration (MVR)-participants called for the use of the
March 2008 polling stations as the MVR points for these to be
fairly accessible to the communities.
raised concerns of dearth of voter awareness thus the necessity
to increase voter education through accrediting civil society
organizations so as to compliment the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
- On SADC
intervention - Political parties reiterated that SADC can only
give advice and not make decisions on the election issues as it
was a facilitator which should respect Zimbabwe’s territorial
integrity thus raising doubts if the regional body can force parties
to fully implement reforms ahead of elections.
were urged to inspect the voters’ roll so as to avoid being
denied voting during the polling day(s). Participants called for
more similar platforms as these enhanced their knowledge levels
on election issues and update on the socio-political developments
in the country.
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