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Civic society statement on the impending referendum and elections
Zimbabwe Election Support Network
October 30, 2010

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The Zimbabwe Election Support Network the leading independent network on elections in Zimbabwe convened a conference in Vumba - Leopard Rock Hotel which brought together various organisations and partners working on elections to deliberate on electoral issues in light of the possible referendum on the new constitution and elections in 2011.

The conference was held under the theme: Enhancing Mutual Cooperation and Interaction on election Related activities amongst CSOs.

Ninety participants attended the conference and deliberated on Zimbabwe's preparedness for a referendum and elections in which they noted that the environment was not conducive for holding democratic elections particularly considering the following;

  • The political environment remains highly volatile, uncertain, and tense. The polarized environment-does not favor holding of elections as violence would most likely erupt.
  • The GNU has not repealed repressive legislation such as the Public Order Security Act (POSA), the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the Broadcasting Services Act.
  • These Acts have restricted people's civil liberties and freedoms of expression and association and they are inimical to the holding of free and fair elections.
  • Institutions and infrastructure that support violence such as the Youth militia, war veterans and a partisan security force remain unreformed and therefore a threat to democratic elections
  • The safety of human rights defenders and activists remains an issue of concern as this curtails the oversight function of civic society.

Civic society organisations represented therefore demanded the following;

  • A total end and denunciation of politically related violence and prosecution of the perpetrators of all forms of political violence
  • That SADC ensures a non violent, free and fair election that respects the will of the people of Zimbabwe.
  • That the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) be capacitated and resourced to improve its ability to manage elections efficiently and effectively.
  • That there is need for complete overhaul and restructuring of ZEC secretariat with a view to reform the institution into a professional body that is non-partisan.
  • That ZEC be in charge of all electoral processes including voter registration and control, compile and update of voters' rolls.
  • That the ZEC be a truly independent electoral body that is accountable.
  • That there is need to do an overhaul review of the voters' roll before the next elections

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