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Amendment Bill, 2003
March 19, 2004
See the Electoral
Act [Chapter 2:13] (Act 25/2004)
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AMENDMENT BILL, 2003 (H.B. 9, 2003 (sic) )
Bill will amend the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:01] ("the principal
Act") in certain respects in the manner described under the individual
clause sets out the Bill’s short title.
clause inserts some additional definitions in section 3 of the principal
clause will allow the Minister to assign to the Commission any person
in the employment of the State to perform secretarial and administrative
functions for the Commission.
This clause will permit any member of the public to inspect the voters
roll and make any written notes of anything therein contained.
clause seeks to insert a new Part in the principal Act which deals
with voter education. The clause will empower the Electoral Supervisory
Commission with the function of supervising voter education. It further
sets out who shall conduct voter education.
6 and 7
clauses seek to amend sections 20 and 21 of the principal Act by empowering
the Registrar-General or any constituency registrar to demand from
any voter who is registered on the voters roll or from any claimant
for registration as a voter proof of identity or residence as defined
in the new subsection (a1) of section 20.
will permit the Registrar-General and constituency registrars to effect
transfers of applicants seeking transfer to a constituency in which
they are either resident or non-resident upon satisfying the Registrar-General
or the constituency registrars concerned that they are entitled to
This clause will permit the Registrar-General to strike a voter's
name off the voters roll or reject his claim for registration without
prior notice to him if such notice, stating that he has ceased to
be a citizen of Zimbabwe in terms of Schedule 3 of the Constitution,
has already been published in the Gazette or in any newspaper circulating
in the area concerned.
clause seeks to simplify the procedure with respect to objections
by voters to the retention of any name on the voters roll. If the
constituency registrar upholds the objection, the constituency registrar
is not (subject to giving notice to any third party affected by the
objection) required to set the objection down for hearing before a
This clause seeks to insert an additional section in the principal
Act to empower the Registrar-General to correct errors or change names
or addresses of voters where this becomes necessary to do so, whether
on the application of a voter or not, but subject to notice of the
fact being published in the Gazette by the Registrar-General. Constituency
registrars will be given similar powers.
clause seeks to create an additional offence of forgery of signatures
of nominators and disqualifies a candidate who commits that offence
from contesting in that election.
clause will enable the Registrar-General to approve the type or size
of seals used by candidates and election agents to seal ballot boxes,
and will additionally allow candidates and election agents to affix
their signatures or thumb-prints upon the presiding officer's ballot-box
14 and 15
14 will restrict the classes of persons who may apply for postal ballots
to those away on duty in the military or diplomatic service of the
State or on duty as electoral officers, and to the spouses of those
persons. Clause 14 and 15 also modify the procedure concerning the
application for and issue of postal ballot papers.
16 and 17
clauses seek to make minor amendments to the qualifications and disqualifications
of a candidate for election as a councillor and mayor respectively.
This clause seeks to insert an additional subsection to section 103M
of the principal Act which will provide that a clearance certificate
obtained from the Zimbabwe Republic Police or the relevant council
should be lodged together with the nomination papers of a candidate.
The clause further creates the offence of forgery and disqualifies
a candidate who commits that offence from contesting in that election.
This clause seeks to make provision for expenses of elections to be
paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund where the council concerned
fails to meet such expenses and for the recovery of such moneys from
the council concerned.
This clause seeks to create the new offence of defacing property for
21 and Schedule to Bill
Certain minor amendments to the principal Act are effected in a Schedule
to this Bill.
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