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  • Parliamentary Monitor: Issue 09
    Parliamentary Monitoring Trust (Zimbabwe)
    April 26, 2013

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    After March Referendum, What Next?

    Focus, after the referendum has been on what the results meant for the political parties. It is understandable given their entrenched positions and interests. However, there is one important point, which may be lost. While polling was largely peaceful, there was turmoil in various voting booths as signified by the high levels of spoilt papers. This is a clear sign that we need to take serious steps to make sure that we reduce the number of spoilt papers. Spoilt ballots are usually a result of protests or complete ignorance as to what should be done. Our observations are that the latter is the case in most cases in Zimbabwe. It is, however, encouraging to note that changes have been made to ease voter registration as announced this week. Allowing a smooth registration of voters is one step towards making elections a reflection of the will of the people.

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