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Concerns over proposed reforms
Zimbabwe Election Support Network
October 07, 2011

This activity update gives the highlights of the community workshops that were conducted by ZESN in Glen Norah and Kambuzuma in Harare Province. The workshops again sought to highlight the importance of citizen participation in elections, to debate on the Electoral Amendment Bill (2011) and issues of citizen participation.

Demographic Information

Date Venue Activity Male Female
30 September Glen Norah B community hall, Ward 27 Community workshop 28 30
30 September Kambuzuma Section 2 community Hall Ward 14 Community workshop 37 29

Common issues raised

  • Participants expressed concern over the Polling Station based voters' roll given the volatile environment that normally prevails during election periods.
  • On Media coverage, in Kambuzuma participants highlighted that reforms on media coverage of all political parties during election time must be put in place and ZEC be given its full mandate to monitor the media during election time.
  • Participants urged the authorities to seriously consider the issue of Diaspora Vote and emulate other countries like Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa, with one participant saying, "We have seen queues along Herbet Chitepo Avenue at the Mozambican Embassy and learnt that Mozambicans cast their ballots at their embassies. Why can't the government of Zimbabwe do the same for its citizens resident abroad?"

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