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Zimbabwe's Elections 2013 - Index of Articles
Crisis Report - Issue 209
in Zimbabwe Coalition
August 07, 2013
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ignored civil society call
and Advocacy Unit (RAU) has said that the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (ZEC) was aware of the problems that hampered the credibility
of the 2013
harmonized elections after being warned by civil society. There
were no efforts to address the issues raised until the Election
Day, causing split views on the credibility of the election, RAU
the director of RAU, was speaking at the Transparency
International Zimbabwe (TIZ) organized public discussion on
July 31 elections post mortem held at the SAPES Trust in Harare
on Tuesday, August 6.
RAU said there
would be strong doubts that the 2013 harmonized election met the
SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections and
the African Charter on democracy, elections and Governance until
ZEC released all the information related to the election for a transparent
gone from crisis back to crisis in my view. We now have split views
about the acceptability of our elections and that is a very sad
outcome after painful five years under the stewardship of an inclusive
of steps are really important in the immediate weeks if you want
to deal with this crisis. Firstly, there must be urgent release
by ZEC of the electronic voters’ roll. We need to be able
to see whether all those observations by everybody were cured by
the final voters’ roll. And we hope that the copy that will
be given corresponds directly with the hard copy of the voters’
roll,” he said.
RAU said if
the voters’ roll was released many allegations raised about
the vote could fall away, or be confirmed, helping to have informed
views on the credibility of the elections.
“there must be the release of all the information related
to the voting, the number of people turned away, the number of people
assisted, the number of people voting by slip, et cetera. This is
data which was collected during the elections.”
RAU said release
of critical information related to the elections could be what bodies
like the African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community
(SADC) are waiting for to make their final assessment.
the same meeting, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Spokesperson
and former legislator Douglas Mwonzora said the party would address
its concerns about the harmonized elections through constitutional
his party was aware that the new constitution did not prohibit protests
demonstrations and was not making it a secret to Zimbabwe African
National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) which ostensibly won a
two-thirds majority that they would consider taking that route.
In a message
directed to AU and SADC, Mwonzora said: “There must not be
a different standard for our elections. If an election is unfair
it is unfair and it is not credible.
we are sending to Africa is that a peaceful election is not free
and fair one,” he said, adding: “The MDC will pursue
the constitution and the law. The law allows us to demonstrate.”
of Zanu-PF said his party had won the polls and warned the MDC.
not want inflammatory language, people pretending we are in Egypt
or Tunisia,” he said.
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