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Conditions for a sustainable election in Zimbabwe (CoSEZ)
for Democratic Change (MDC)
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been in a permanent state of crisis for many decades. This crisis
reached its crescendo in the last two decades where we saw our economy
collapse in absolute terms and our Human Development Index (HDI)
retrogress. At the epicentre of the crisis is Zimbabwe's unstable
political environment characterised by violence, coercion, intolerance,
slander and malice.
environments are often-times products of unsustainable democratic
delivery and unsustainable electoral systems.
In that regard,
the MDC reiterates that before elections are conducted in Zimbabwe,
certain minimum conditions must be met to ensure that the outcome
of that election is not a contested one. Let me say that our region
has seen various electoral processes being undertaken in countries
such as Zambia, Botswana and South Africa, and that these elections
have been held under conditions of relative peace and tranquillity,
resulting in peaceful and democratic change of power. Zimbabwe has
no reason to defy regional trends and it is important that the next
election does not result in any loss of life or limb.
As we launch
the MDC's Conditions for a Sustainable Election in Zimbabwe
(CoSEZ), I want to say that all of the conditions that are highlighted
in this document are not a creation of the MDC. They are derived
from internationally agreed principles of the conduct of democratic
elections. They reflect SADC's commitment to legitimate electoral
processes. They are enshrined in the constitution of Zimbabwe. Political
parties signed up to them in the GPA.
They are products of regional engagement. More importantly, they
are legitimate demands by the people of Zimbabwe.
I urge all Zimbabweans,
including political parties, to critically reflect on these conditions
and make a pledge that the next election in Zimbabwe should usher
in a legitimate government that can get on with the job of building
this beautiful country.
God Bless you.
God Bless Zimbabwe.
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