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ZESN calls for imperative electoral reforms before elections
Election Support Network
June 18, 2013
Election Support Network (ZESN) is calling for meaningful reforms
go for polls this year. This call comes in the wake of the proclamation
by President Robert Mugabe on Thursday the 13th of June setting
31 July 2013 as the election date for the harmonized elections and
the call for extension by SADC during its Extra Ordinary Summit
over the weekend.
to reiterate its call for a number of imperative electoral reforms
to be in place before the election. This will include the realignment
of laws such as the Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the
Order and Security Act (POSA) with the new Constitution.
In previous elections these pieces of legislations were used to
curtail a number of freedoms that are now enshrined in the new Constitution
hence their review is important.
the legislative framework include media reforms, specifically that
public media should be accessible to all citizens and political
players in a fair and equitable manner. The timing on accreditation
and deployment of observers and the creation of a conducive electoral
environment is necessary for the holding of credible elections.
Further we demand that adequate time and attention be dedicated
to effectively complete the voter registration exercise which is
now overlapping with election preparations.
Given the short
period to elections we therefore appeal to the Southern Africa Development
Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) to urgently deploy both
long and short-term observers to promote a human rights environment
conducive for credible, free and fair elections. We strongly believe
that, some of the aforementioned reforms can still be put in place
if there is a political will of ensuring the holding of credible
We call upon
the Government of Zimbabwe to release adequate funds for the polls
forthwith in order for ZEC to start all the necessary preparatory
work including a comprehensive voter education exercise and other
logistics for the elections.
We call upon
ZEC to immediately release the election calendar to enable all stakeholders
to plan within the election calendar. We urge ZEC to organize a
credible election consistent with laws of Zimbabwe and in accordance
with regional international principles and guidelines governing
the conduct of elections. We further urge ZEC to demonstrate high
levels of professionalism, integrity and competence and to demand
its independence for political interference.
serious concerns on the absence of significant reforms before the
elections, ZESN remains dedicated to the promotion of democratic
elections in Zimbabwe and is ready to observe all the processes
leading to the harmonized elections.
that Zimbabwe these impending elections should be done properly
and in accordance with SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing
Democratic Elections and other regional and international principles
in order to avoid a repeat of the inconclusive
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