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security sector ties big threat to free Zimbabwe polls
July 25, 2013
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Democracy Institute says the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s
close ties to the country’s security system and lack of transparency
in the production of the voters’ roll compromises the electoral
body’s ability to deliver a
credible, free and fair election.
report titled, ‘Electoral Battleground: Voters roll rigmarole’,
ZDI chairperson Rashweat Mukundu, said production of the voters
roll must be done in a transparent manner.
He said civil
society, local and international observers must be allowed to observe
how the voters’ roll will be managed and deployed to polling
report says the security sector is systematically entrenched in
the country’s political life and is capable of wreaking havoc.
the security sector poses a threat to democratic electoral processes
in the country, adding that the transfer of power could be a problem
if President Robert Mugabe loses the election.
it is important for the electoral body to spell out the military’s
role in the July 31 elections.
The report also
says thousands of prospective voters, particularly in urban areas,
did not register due to restrictive requirements and lack of publicity
of the registration exercise.
aliens were also disenfranchised because of confusing messages on
what was needed for them to register as voters.
these and other factors point to an election which won’t be
credible free and fair.
ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, told journalists in the capital
Thursday that people should not prejudge the Zimbabwe elections.
He spoke after
handing over $50,000 grants to communities in three provinces. Mr.
Wharton said he believes that local, Southern African Development
Community and African Union observers will be able to sufficiently
monitor the polls.
go to the polls next week to choose new leaders to replace the uneasy
government of national unity but civil society and other political
parties doubt the electoral commission can deliver given the chaos
that characterised last week’s special voting for police officers
and other members of the uniformed forces.
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