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position on March elections
Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
The NCA National
Taskforce met on 5 February 2005 and deliberated on the NCA position
regarding the 2005 Parliamentary elections.
unequivocally and unanimously reiterated the NCA’s position of principle
concerning elections, namely that in the absence of a people-driven
and democratic constitution, there can be no free and fair elections
in Zimbabwe. This position, apart from being dictated by the NCA’s
very existence, was recently affirmed by the NCA Annual General
Assembly held in Harare on 7 October 2003.
The NCA notes
that the current constitutional framework is designed to make sure
that ZANU PF remains in power forever and does not guarantee the
holding of free and fair elections. It is impossible for any other
political party to win an election in Zimbabwe as long as the current
constitution exists. The March 2005 parliamentary election is being
held under the current constitution which is flawed in many fundamental
respects. A typical example is the fact that even before the election
starts, ZANU PF already has thirty seats. Accordingly, the elections
can neither be free nor fair.
The NCA is pained
to observe that Zimbabweans continue to participate in fraudulent
elections despite overwhelming evidence from the 2000 and 2002 elections
that there is need to change the constitution before we can have
free and fair elections. In order for there to be free and fair
elections, the NCA stresses that a democratic constitution must
first be put in place. Only a people centered democratic constitution
can guarantee the existence of a genuinely Independent Electoral
Commission, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of association,
freedom of choice and other conditions that allow for free and fair
Without a democratic
constitution and the stated conditions for free and fair elections
in place, the 2005 elections will be an exercise in vain. Participation
in these elections without a democratic constitution will only serve
to uphold ZANU PF’s undemocratic exercise of power. It will make
ZANU PF’s hollow victory look legitimate.
In this realization,
the Taskforce resolved not to give respect to yet another futile
electoral ritual. As long as it will take place under the current
flawed constitution, the 2005 general election stands condemned.
The NCA will not align itself to any political party or individuals
that decide to soil themselves by participating in the illegitimate
The way forward,
in the view of the NCA, is that democratic forces (Civic society
and Political parties) must unite and force the Mugabe regime to
accept a new constitution and thereafter elections will be held
under a new constitution. This struggle will be long and the time
has now come for Zimbabweans to realize that there are no shortcuts
to a genuine democracy.
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