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Amendment Bill, 2011
June 27, 2011
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AMENDMENT BILL, 2011
Bill will amend the Electoral
Act [Chapter 2:13], principally to make the following changes
(a) to incorporate the provisions of the Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission Act [Chapter 2:12] into the Electoral Act
and to repeal the former Act;
(b) to base the voting process at polling-station level, with voters
obliged to vote at their nearest polling stations rather than at
any polling station within their constituencies;
(c) to ensure that electronic copies of voters rolls are available
in analysable form;
(d) to restrict postal voting to voters who are outside the country
on Government business;
(e) to allow electoral officers and members of the Police Force
and Defence Forces who have to be away from their constituencies
on duty during an election, to cast their votes in advance of the
election at special polling stations established for the purpose;
(f) to introduce greater transparency in the counting and collation
of votes at all levels;
(g) to establish new mechanisms to prevent politically-motivated
violence and intimidation during elections;
(h) to extend the jurisdiction of the Electoral Court;
(i) to ensure that the results of presidential elections are announced
speedily; and in addition to correct anomalies and discrepancies
in the Electoral Act.
In more detail, the individual provisions of the Bill are as follows:
sets out the Bill’s short title and provides for its dates
of commencement. Most of the Bill will come into operation when
it is published as an Act, but clause 40 (which deals with the preparation
of polling-station voters rolls) will only come into operation when
all such rolls have been completed.
A Preamble has been inserted reciting the provisions of 28 (4),
34(3), 38(2), 100B(1) and 100C of the Constitution
that deal with electoral matters; the Preamble obviates the need
to repeat the functions of ZEC in the body of Electoral Act because
these are quoted in the extract of section 100C of the Constitution
that is quoted in the Preamble.
provides a number of new definitions for terms used in the amended
Act, including in particular “district”, “district
centre”, and “district special voting officer”
(to accommodate the new system of district level special voting
for members of the uniformed services), and “provincial centre”,
“provincial elections officer”, “runoff presidential
election” and “ward elections officer”.
will incorporate many of the provisions of the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission Act into the Electoral Act. The Commission is established
under the Constitution, but the new Part II inserted by this clause
will give the Commission the additional functions it currently has
under the Zimbabwe Electoral Act, and will make substantially the
same provision as under that Act for its membership, staff and procedures.
The effect of
this clause is that the Commission will have to keep all voters
rolls in both electronic and printed form, and that it will have
to keep a consolidated national roll at its head office.
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