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Zimbabwe's Elections 2013 - Index of Articles
on 31 July 2013 harmonised elections
Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
August 05, 2013
1. The National Constitutional
Assembly (NCA) notes with satisfaction the peaceful atmosphere that
characterised the period before, during and after the elections.
All Zimbabweans have a responsibility to nurture this peaceful environment
and desist from any actions which may directly or indirectly interfere
with the peace prevailing in the country.
2. The election results
have been announced. There are winners and losers. Every election
has its winners and losers. Given the peaceful nature of these elections
and the compelling need to move our country forward, the NCA urges
the losers to concede defeat and take the country out of the “permanent
election mode” it has been for several years now.
3. In urging
the losers to concede defeat and let the country move on, the NCA
is not losing sight of the continuing desire by the people of Zimbabwe
to have democratic and genuinely free and fair elections. The history
and record of the NCA speaks for itself. One of the key reasons
why the NCA campaigned for a NO vote in the March
2013 referendum was the clear point that the proposed Constitution
provided an insufficient framework for fair, transparent and credible
elections. It is well known that the political parties in the inclusive
government united in their campaign for a YES vote and hoodwinked
4. It is the
NCA's firm view that the complaints
raised against the 31 July 2013 poll by the losers do not raise
anything new and cannot be used as a basis for rejecting
the results of an election in which they participated voluntarily.
It is not desirable to encourage a state of affairs in our country
where political parties participate in an election with only two
scenarios: either they win or they dispute the result. Losing must
always be one of the scenarios. In the circumstances of this particular
election, the complaints must be taken into account for the next
elections and for the reform agenda which remains very much incomplete.
5. The NCA,
on its part, is convinced that the votes
cast on 31 July 2013 were the votes counted and announced. The
NCA does not know the reasons for that pattern of voting. The essence
of an electoral system based on a secret, one-person-one-vote is
that each of the voters can only be sure about the vote he/she has
cast. Provided that the votes have been cast freely, the result
is binding. The way forward is to focus on moving the country forward
while preparing for the next elections.
6. The interests of this
country require that we all move forward focussing on building the
economy of country, deepening its democratic systems, promoting
peace and unity and encouraging all of us to participate in the
public affairs of our country. We should put the election behind
us and take lessons for the future.
7. The NCA wishes to
commend ZEC for discharging its responsibilities diligently despite
the severe constraints it faced.
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