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assents to electoral bills
January 15, 2005
Electoral Commission Bill and the Electoral Bill — which seek to
reform the country’s electoral system in line with the Sadc principles
and guidelines on democratic elections — are now law after President
Mugabe assented to them.
The Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda,
announced in a notice in yesterday’s Government Gazette that the
President had signed into law the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
Bill, the Electoral Bill and the Troubled Financial Institutions
The three Bills were recently approved by Parliament.
The President has also fixed January 14, as the date on which the
Anti-Corruption Commission Act would become operational.
The Electoral Commission Act seeks to establish an independent electoral
body to run all elections and referendums in the country.
The Electoral Act seeks among other things, to establish an Electoral
Court to deal with all electoral disputes arising from an election.
It will overhaul the previous Electoral Act and introduce a number
of changes to the electoral system in accordance with the letter
and spirit of the Sadc election guidelines, which are however, just
guidelines and not a binding protocol.
Both Bills were passed by Parliament with some amendments some of
them coming from the opposition MDC after a protracted debate.
The Troubled Financial Institutes (Resolution) Act seeks to provide
a comprehensive legal framework for dealing with troubled banks
and other financial institutions in a similar situation.
Some of the clauses in the Act stipulate that those provisions of
the Labour Act with respect to retrenchment, dismissal or termination
of employees shall not apply to any employee of any troubled financial
institution following dismissal or retrenchment. The Act is designed
to provide a clear cut legal framework, thereby boosting measures
put in place by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe in dealing with troubled
financial institutions some of which have already been placed under
curatorship. The Anti-Corruption Commission Bill was assented to
by the President in November last year and seeks to establish a
commission and corporate body whose mandate would be to promote
the investigation of serious cases of corruption and fraud as well
as making proposals for the elimination of corruption and its effect
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