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- Observers and journalists accreditation fees gazetted - Constitution
March 08, 2013
for more information on accreditation of observers.
Referendum - Observers and Media Practitioners
II - Accreditation Fees Gazetted
instrument gazetted by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission [ZEC] on
6th March [SI 26A/2013] in a Government Gazette Extraordinary sets
the fees for accreditation of observers fixed by ZEC [available
[Note: The statutory instrument is an amendment to the Electoral
Regulations, which, like the Electoral Act itself, are made applicable
to referendums by section 10 of the Referendums Act.]
press notice published on 7th March adds information about accreditation
- It states
that the gazetted ZEC observers accreditation fees apply to journalists
as well. This clarifies something not made clear by either the
statutory instrument or last week’s new Referendum Regulations.
It means that ZEC accreditation for journalists is also necessary
and that journalists have to pay ZEC fees as well as the fees
required for their accreditation with the Zimbabwe Media Commission
[ZMC] under the Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act [AIPPA].
- It sets
out where and when ZEC accreditation can be obtained.
the fees for “ordinary” observers and journalist observers
are set out separately in the following paragraphs.
Observers Accreditation Fees
exemption from fees
is free for observers:
any African state
(b) from any
inter-governmental organisation in Africa
(c) from any
organisation in Africa that exercises functions similar to ZEC
Note: this is
an exemption from the fee only; accreditation is still essential.
of fees for other observers
The fees are
(a) each local
observer representing a civil society organisation or faith-based
organisation within Zimbabwe, or a Zimbabwe resident seeking accreditation
in his or her personal capacity: $10,00
(b) each observer
from any other African country representing a civil society organisation
or faith-based organisation or a resident in any other African country
seeking accreditation in his or her personal capacity: $20, 00
(c) each observer
stationed in Zimbabwe representing a diplomatic mission from any
country outside Africa: US$50,00
(d) each observer
from any country outside Africa: US$300,00
notified position changed
Watch 12/2013, relying on the provisions of the new Referendum regulations
[SI 26/2013] and information from the ZEC office, stated that media
practitioners wishing to cover the Referendum would not need accreditation
from ZEC. ZEC’s press notice of 7th March changes this situation
by treating journalists in the same way as observers, including
their having to pay the same ZEC accreditation fees as other observers
The ZEC secretary
has confirmed to Veritas that ZEC accreditation of journalists as
observers is in addition to their AIPPA accreditation from the Zimbabwe
Media Commission [ZMC] without which they cannot operate as journalists
So ZEC will
not accredit journalists as ZEC observers without proof of AIPPA
accreditation. Production of an AIPPA accreditation document issued
by ZMC is essential.
Tariff of fees
for accreditation of journalists by ZEC
These fees are
(a) local journalist
from any African country US$20,00
from outside Africa US$300,00.
This means that
a foreign journalist from a country outside Africa who wishes to
gain entry to a polling station or counting centre will have to
pay an unduly large amount for the privilege, made up as follows:
a visa fee to the immigration authorities, plus the $300,00 for
ZMC under AIPPA [see Constitution
Watch 13/2013 for these ZMC fees], plus the separate $300,00
ZEC observers accreditation fee.
Waiver of Fees by ZEC Observers’ Accreditation Committee
Accreditation Committee may, in its discretion, “waive the
payment of any fee by any observer or observer group” [SI
26A/2013]. [Comment: As journalists are being treated as observers
by ZEC, this discretionary waiver must be available to journalists
as well as other categories of observers.]
also provides for the ZEC accreditation period for observers, including
journalists. It runs from the date of accreditation until 31st March.
and When to Get ZEC Accreditation
of local and international observers and journalists can be obtained
at the following venues, which will be open daily from now on until
16th March, between 8 am and 5 pm, Saturdays and Sundays included:
- Harare Harare
International Conference Centre, Rainbow Towers Hotel
Windsor Park Building, 12 Centenary Court, Windsor Park, 16th
Flamboyant Hotel, Beitbridge Road, Masvingo
Briefing for Observers
A briefing for
observers [including journalists]on ZEC’s state of preparedness
for the Referendum will be held on 13th March at the Harare International
Conference Centre at 10 am.
Headquarters, corner Jason Moyo Avenue and Kaguvi Street, Harare
Bag 7782, Causeway, Harare
Harare 759130, 774095 or 781903
for more information on accreditation of observers.
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