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Election roadmap brings new wave of fear
May 15, 2011
of this country today have suffered enormous violation of civil,
political, socio-economic rights. Communities have been marred by
a wave of political violence of which the violence has been orchestrated
by political pundits who are at the end of subverting justice. Fear
has been unveiled again citizens are afraid of the unknown with
the much talked about road map for future elections bringing the
phobia of political violence to communities because citizens are
denied chance to democratically elect leaders. Ostensibly elections
must be mechanisms that implement democracy by allowing citizens
to chose who may be leaders, thus elections must socialize political
activity and provide the opportunity to vote for change and transform
sporadic citizen initiated acts like political violence.
There is need
for serious lobbying and advocacy for elections to be a weapon that
institutionalize access to political power, allow youth and other
citizens in Zimbabwe to play a role in electing political leaders.
Frantic efforts to be taken will include a constitution that provides
a judicious balance between order and freedom, pay attention to
equality before the law and media freedom. Political equality and
social equality must be prime constitutional values.
Free and fair
elections different from 29 March
2008 requires the current constitution being crafted to provide
order and freedom, freedom from fear and speech, right to assemble
peaceably and freedom of the press, equal representation in the
state media and be allowed to petition government. Voting Right
Act must be passed and empower the Registrar General to send voter
registration supervisors to areas in which fewer than half the minority
had registered however a forensic audit be done to provide checks
and balances to the voter register. Protectionism must be abolished
and promote affirmative action with the culture of equal opportunity,
equal outcome and great society. Youth must be encouraged to participate
in such national processes like the referendum and elections to
influence public opinion and broad public policy. There is however
need for referendum and election socialization through which the
youth become aware of the referendum and elections, learn elections,
political facts and form election values like the acceptance of
political defeat, acknowledge political pluralism violence be stopped
and tolerance be spread across communities.
in the past like the 2000 prior to parliamentary elections and 2008
prior to run off subverted the entire democratic process by preventing
citizens from exercising their vote freely. Political violence must
be discouraged by all stakeholders because what will emerge in future
elections is a terrifying picture of a corrupt and increasingly
unpopular regime that is prepared to promote violence in order to
ruthlessly maintain power hence peaceful elections means a non violent
society. Thus the transition to this democratic development shall
require many contingent factors like;
democratic movements, forces with conviction and knowledge of
indigenous traditions and modern democratic values in which human
rights are central.
- A relative
strong non violent state bureaucracy that is funded on principles
of good governance, cultural and political pluralism.
- A judicial
system that is independent, neutral politically with high moral
values and professional ethics.
- Law enforcement
agencies such as professional military, police and security forces
that are conscious of their role in democratic society including
respect for civilian authority.
- A constitutional
and legal order which is based on twin principles of secularism
and pluralism as the underlying mechanism for ensuring the other
elements. This must be achieved to safeguard communities thus
mechanisms must be put in place to curb future ferocious and unrelenting
offensive attitudes from youths under manipulation by politicians
and political parties for selfish political aggrandizement.
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