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  • Ballot update - Issue number 15 - September 2010
    Zimbabwe Election Support Network
    October 12, 2010

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    The month under review saw elections remain high on the political agenda as evidence by various media reports on Zimbabwe's readiness for elections and the subsequent instruction by President Mugabe to "budget for elections in 2011". In addition, COPAC concluded the Constitutional Reform Outreach process in most parts of the country except for Harare. Harare witnessed open violence, which was downplayed in most parts of the country during the three months. Meetings in Harare were suspended and this update provides an analysis of events that transpired during the month of September and their implications on Zimbabwe's electoral processes, democracy and governance.

    The Zimbabwe Election Support Network remains dedicated to the promotion of democratic elections in Zimbabwe. In line with this objective, ZESN continue to analyse the political environment and the 45 rural constituencies that have been systematically selected. The constituencies were especially selected owing to a number of reasons including those where by-elections are long overdue, areas that experienced inordinately high levels of political violence in the 2008 elections as well as constituencies in which candidates succeeded by notably small margins. This update is informed by observations from the chosen constituencies and broadly captures national political developments in September 2010.

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