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Commission approached over ‘compromised’ Zim election
Alex Bell, SW Radio Africa
October 25, 2013
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Commission on Human and People’s rights has been urged to
use its influence to put pressure on the Zanu-PF government to address,
among many other issues, the ‘compromised’ July elections.
this week opened its 54th Ordinary Session, where a delegation of
civil society members, including the Zimbabwe
Human Rights NGO Forum, is lobbying
for action on the situation back home. In a statement to the Commission,
the Forum said Wednesday that there are significant human rights
and rule of law issues still unaddressed in Zimbabwe.
the “compromised” election in July, which the Forum
argued lacked credibility mainly “because of the lack of integrity
of the voters roll.”
Election Commission (ZEC) and the Registrar’s General’s
office failed to avail the electronic copy of the voters roll, as
provided for by section 21 of the Electoral
Act…it is sad that until today ZEC has not yet availed
the electronic copy. The registration of new voters only compounded
the already shambolic state of the voters’ roll, which was
fraught with duplications, omissions and still remains in dire need
of clean up,” the Forum said.
It added: “Furthermore,
the elections were compromised by such disturbing electoral anomalies
as the high number of voters turned away, high number of assisted
voters, bussing in of people from outside constituencies particularly
to urban polling stations and voter intimidation mostly in rural
areas which was spearheaded by the traditional leadership. The Forum,
using statistics from its member and partner organizations, recorded
a total of 732 cases of harassment and intimidation during the election
director Abel Chikomo said another critical issue at the moment
is the failure by the Zanu-PF government to, as of yet, align Zimbabwe’s
laws with the new constitution.
we haven’t realigned a lot of our laws that go against what
is enshrined in the new constitution. For example POSA,
which goes against the principle of freedom of assembly; AIPPA,
which is against freedom of expression and the media, and the Criminal
Law Act. All those laws impeach on the constitution,”
He added: “The
Commission should call on the government to immediately realign
The Forum also
raised other issues, include the “below standard” service
delivery in most sectors such as health, education, water, power
and sanitation, shortages of clean and safe water, erratic power
supply and limited access to basic health care.
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