Back to Index
for Electoral Commission Monday 28 September - Bill Watch Special
September 23, 2009
of Short-listed Applicants for Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
September, 9 am through to 5 pm in the Senate Chamber, Parliament
have been short-listed out of over 100 who applied for appointment
to the Electoral Commission.
Open to Public: The public will be permitted to attend and
to watch and listen but not participate. As seating is limited,
anyone wishing to attend is advised to check with Parliament’s
Public Relations office on Harare +263 4 700181. Admission will
be through the public entrance to Parliament, Kwame Nkrumah Avenue
between Second and Third Streets, and ID’s must be produced.
Procedures: Under section 100B of the Constitution
it is the President who appoints the chairperson and the eight other
members of the Electoral Commission. The procedure for appointment
of the chairperson differs from the procedure for the Media Commission
where the President chooses the chairperson from the list of nominees
for the commission sent to him by Parliament. For the Electoral
Commission the chairperson is appointed by the President “after
consultation with the Judicial Service Commission and the Committee
on Standing Rules and Orders” [CSRO] – he or she does
not have to be appointed from the list put forward by Parliament.
“After consultation” means that President has to discuss
his choice with the bodies to be consulted but is free to disregard
their views. The President must appoint 8, at least 4 of whom must
be women, other members of the Electoral Commission from a list
of not fewer than 12 nominees [it can be more than 12], submitted
to him by the CSRO [Constitution, section 100B(3)].
for Appointment to Electoral Commission
The chairperson must be a judge or former judge or a person qualified
to be a judge [i.e., a registered legal practitioner of at least
seven year’s standing].
Section 100B(4) of the Constitution states that persons appointed
to the Commission “must be chosen for their integrity and
their experience and competence in the conduct of affairs in the
public or private sector”.
procedure: The interviews will be conducted by a five-member
panel using structured questions drafted by consultants. Another
8 designated members of the CSRO will be putting supplementary questions
after the panel has asked its set questions. All other members of
the CSRO are expected to attend and observe.
Members of the
interview panel are the same as for the Media Commission interviews:
- Senator Obert
Khumalo MP [MDC-T]
- Edward Mkhosi
- Mabel Chinomona
Chief Fortune Charumbira
performance on interview will be rated by the consultants advising
the CSRO, the interview panel and the 8 other designated members
of the CSRO. The scoring of these three groups will be compared
and if there is agreement the list will be finalised there and then.
If the compared scorings do not produce a clear result, the final
decision on which candidates will be put forward to the President
will be taken by the full CSRO.
Some of the
Candidates [Note: these names were published as short listed candidates
in the State press although Parliament has said the list is not
being released yet as some candidates have still to be contacted]
- Mrs Joyce
Kazembe, Deputy Chairperson of the present Commission
Gambe, Member of the present Commission, a legal practitioner
- Vivian Ncube,
Member of the present Commission
- Dr Goodwill
Shana, Chair, Heads of Christian Denominations
Geoff Feltoe, UZ Professor of Public Law
- Mrs Bessie
Nhandara, an academic
and Functions of the Electoral Commission
is a vitally important body. Its main functions outlined in the
- to prepare
for, conduct and supervise elections at national and local level,
and referendums [particularly relevant with a referendum on the
draft new Constitution due next year] and to all matters pertaining
to elections are conducted efficiently, freely, fairly, transparently
and in accordance with the law;
- to supervise
the registration of voters, and to compile and safeguard voters
- to conduct
the delimitation of wards and constituencies in accordance with
- to conduct
makes every effort to ensure reliable information, but cannot take
legal responsibility for information supplied
Please credit www.kubatana.net if you make use of material from this website.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License unless stated otherwise.