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ZESN takes the Electoral Amendment Bill debate to Hurungwe and Kariba
Election Support Network
September 05, 2011
Election Support Network (ZESN) conducted 3 workshops at Kadyamatamba
village in Hurungwe, Karereshi on the 31st of August, Zambezi Valley
(ZV) Hotel Nyamhunga in Kariba on the 1st of September and at Nhare
Church of Christ in Hurungwe on the 2nd of September. The workshops
were focusing on the Electoral
Amendment Bill, 2011.
for the 3 workshops were as follows:
Karereshi 168 participants (86 males and 82 females)
- Kariba Nyamhunga
56 participants (24 males and 29 females)
Nhare Church 64 participants (38 males and 26 females)
during the workshops
There was debate on the Polling Station Based Voters' Roll.
Participants argued that, it is a recipe for disaster given the
prevailing political conditions in the country where the law is
of little effect in punishing perpetrators of violence as has been
noted in previous elections.
- On election
observation, participants argued that accreditation of observers
should be the responsibility of ZEC given that it has the sole
responsibility of overseeing all election related processes.
In Kariba participants
acknowledged the need for the Diaspora vote others highlighted that
the cost implication should also be taken into consideration given
the economic state of the country.
There was also a suggestion by the Kariba participants that ZESN
structures and members can also assist in collecting people's
views on the proposed Electoral Amendment Bill as the Parliament-led
public hearings may not be able to cover the whole country.
Some participants in Hurungwe suggested that the new constitution
should include a clause to allow them to recall non-performing parliamentarians.
- In Kariba,
participants acknowledged that the of setting election dates should
not be a sole responsibility of one person. They recommended that
election periods should be specified in the constitution e.g.
Zimbabwe shall have elections in the first quarter after every
5 years or so.
- In conclusion
at all workshops participants welcomed the Electoral Amendments
but bemoaned on the timing considering that the COPAC
process is still underway.
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