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ZESN to deploy more than 7,000 citizen observers
Election Support Network
July 30, 2013
Election Support Network (ZESN) has deployed over 7,000 trained
and accredited citizen observers to every province and in all the
210 constituencies for the Harmonised
Elections to be held on 31 July 2013. ZESN is deploying observers
despite some serious challenges during the pre-election process.
ZESN encourages all registered voters to go out and vote tomorrow
given the current relative calm and peace in the country.
to be credible, however, they must be more than just peaceful. At
a minimum, citizens must have a n equal chance to register to vote;
to inform themselves about all the candidates; to cast their ballot
free from fear and for their votes to be properly counted,”
said Dr. Solmon Zwana ZESN Chair.
a lot of importance in the role of election observers as they play
an integral part in enhancing transparency and credibility of elections
and the acceptance of the results. ZESN has been consistent over
the years in the deployment of observers to observe all electoral
processes. Since the proclamation of the July 31 election date,
ZESN observers have observed the Nomination Court Process, the Mobile
Voter Registration Exercise and the Special Voting process, raising
issues needed to be addressed by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
citizen observers will be at polling stations in every corner of
the country to help safeguard the process – so that all eligible
citizens can vote and that their votes are properly counted,”
said ZESN Chair Dr. Zwana.
All ZESN citizen
observers have been accredited by the Zimbabwe Elect oral Commission
(ZEC); have attended a training session on election observation
and have pledged to behave at all times in a non-partisan manner
and to adhere to both ZEC’s and ZESN’s Code s of Conduct
in the observation of elections.
ZESN notes with
concern the challenges faced with voter registration and logistical
problems during the special voting process, unequal coverage by
state media and harassment of civil society.
It is impossible
for ZEC to address some of the outstanding issues with only a day
before the polls ZESN however, encourages all eligible voters, regardless
of political affiliation to peacefully exercise their right to vote
as enshrined in Zimbabwe’s Constitution.
voters are urged to check ZEC’s recently published list of
polling stations in the print media to locate their nearest polling
ZESN has set
up hotlines for citizens to share their views and comments about
the Harmonised Elections. The contact numbers will be: 0771692029,
and 0771692032. Citizens can also participate on our social media
and Twitter handle: #ZESN1.
ZESN will be
issuing updates on the entire process and will issue its Preliminary
Statement on the Harmonised Elections on Thursday 01 August at a
time to be advised.
ZESN was established
in 2000. It is a coalition of 31 non-governmental organisations
formed to co-ordinate activities pertaining to elections. The major
focus of the Network is to promote democratic processes in general
and free and fair elections in particular. ZESN has observed every
election and by-election in Zimbabwe since the 2000 parliamentary
its observation efforts in conformity with the Declaration of Global
Principles for Citizen Election Observation and Monitoring which
was launched at the United Nations on 03 April 2012 as well as the
Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation in
the SADC Region (PEMMO).
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