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Election Watch - March 2012
April 23, 2012
on the Idasa website
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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.
Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa presents
a brief overview of Zimbabwe's electoral system on their website.
for conducting democratic elections:
participation of citizens in the political process
Freedom of association
trials for Paul Siwela, John Gazi and Charles Thomas, who
are being charged with treason for belonging to Mthwakazi
Liberation Front (MLF) which is calling for a separate state
of Mthwakazi from Zimbabwe, began on 19 March. The three
were arrested early last year for allegedly distributing
pamphlets calling for a separation of Matabeleland
A peace rally organised by Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC-T) was banned by police in Lupane, Matabeleland North
Order and Security Act, 2002, amended 2007
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