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Zimbabwe Election Watch - July 2011
July 30, 2011

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Measuring the Zimbabwean electoral environment according to the SADC Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections

On the 17th of August 2004, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders adopted the "SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections." As a member of SADC, Zimbabwe was a signatory to these benchmark principles, and therefore it is entirely fitting that Zimbabwe's performance in relation to the future elections be measured against these principles and guidelines.

Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa's brief overview of Zimbabwe's electoral system.

  Divergence/Obstructive Legislation Compliant
2.1.1 Full participation of citizens in the political process No
2.1.2 Freedom of association
  • Villagers in Chihota are being forced to attend political rallies convened by Zanu PF including meetings held by Zanu PF MP for Marondera West Rtd Brig Ambrose Mutinhiri
  • Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was forced to cancel a tour of Chiadzwa after he was allegedly barred from setting foot in the rich diamond mining area. Tsvangirai wanted to visit villagers displaced by the mining operations as part of his weekend tour of Manicaland Province
  • Public Order and Security Act, 2002, amended 2007

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