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block election debate meetings
July 16, 2013
authorities for Gweru, Plumtree, Tsholotsho and Lupane (Zimbabwe
Republic Police) yesterday and today, 15 and 16 July, simultaneously
blocked four Bulawayo Agenda meetings scheduled for this weekend
and next week in the stated areas.
are supposed to be part of the Election Debate Series which are
meant to facilitate interface between various candidates running
for parliamentary office from across the political divide and the
public so as to promote
citizen participation in the elections.
The police have
said that the three weeks before elections scheduled for the 31st
of July have been allocated to political parties to conduct their
campaigns and civic organisations can only have their activities
after the elections. They also indicated that they do not have enough
manpower to ensure public order because of the pending elections.
There is however,
gross inconsistencies as Bulawayo Agenda is holding a meeting in
Gwanda today (16 July) without any problems with the police in that
area. The police whom according to the Public
Order and Security Act are supposed to be notified have always
interrupted and or stopped civic meetings and in some instances
threatened or arrested civic activists thus infringing on the citizens’
freedom of association and right to information.
go to the polls on the 31st of July to elect the president, parliamentarians
and councillors with little and no knowledge at all on the mixed
electoral system, the political parties’ programs among other
important information. In the past, lack of such knowledge and limited
civic space has affected voter education and resulted in apathy
and lack of public accountability as citizens do not elect from
position of knowledge thus fail to hold leaders to account.
is currently, through Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights, challenging all these injunctions
through the courts.
Visit the Bulawayo
Agenda fact sheet
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