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Mudenda Says Zimbabwe's Constitution Must Be Amended To Allow Diaspora Vote

Mudenda Says Zimbabwe's Constitution Must Be Amended To Allow Diaspora Vote

Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda has said the Zimbabwean Constitution should be amended to allow people in the diaspora to vote.

He has become the first senior official in the ruling ZANU PF party to push that agenda as the party has previously said it will only consider allowing the citizens in the diaspora to vote if western powers remove the sanctions they imposed on Zimbabwe at the turn of the millennium.

Speaking while addressing legislators and other stakeholders at a workshop on the Electoral Amendment Bill in Kariba on Sunday, Mudenda said: 

Amendments to the Electoral Act should clearly specify the procedures and mechanisms for registration and voting for citizens in the diaspora.

The regulatory body (ZEC) can play a role through robust political voter education. However, ultimately the conduct of political parties themselves will determine a positive outcome because they wield an enormous influence on their supporters. Currently, there are no enforcement provisions on the code of conduct and the political parties continue to violate the code with impunity.

ZEC should be empowered through the Electoral Act to censure, or even disqualify political parties or candidates that act with impunity during the electoral processes. There is need to amend the Constitution to encapsulate the diaspora vote.

NewsDay further quotes Mudenda as expressing concern over the protection of the secrecy of the ballot.

He suggested:

a). the amendment to the law could include hashing of some fields like identity number, date of birth, and the voter’s address which should lead to the generation of scanned copies from the printed copy.

b). the closure of the voters roll should have reasonable timelines which should be provided for in the Electoral Law.

c). the withdrawal of contesting candidates – the law should provide for the timeframe regarding the withdrawal in relation to parliamentary and local authority elections.

d). the electoral law should define the scope of who qualifies for postal voting in a more elastic manner.

Meanwhile, ZESN has stated that about 83.52% of Zimbabweans are ignorant of the constituency delimitation exercise because Electoral Act provisions do not allow citizens’ participation.

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𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒗𝒂𝒛𝒂 1 month ago

𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒕𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝑩𝒂𝒓 𝒄𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒛𝒆𝒏𝒔 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒗𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒊𝒕 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒔 𝒏𝒐 𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒂𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒍, 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒊𝒂𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒔 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒐 𝒎𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕 𝒂 𝒔𝒖𝒊𝒕 𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒔. 𝑴𝒖𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒂𝒍𝒌 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐, 𝒉𝒆 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒓𝒖𝒔𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒊𝒂𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒂 𝒗𝒐𝒕𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒑𝒖𝒍𝒍 𝒂 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒆. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒂𝒈𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆


chati homu! ...chareva 1 month ago

becareful! ndoopakuzorigwa manje, ukaona zanu yakumhanya mberi kuti zviri bhoo patoipa.
paachatakurwa mabox iwayo anenge arimumaoko ezec NE zanu saka vachatamba nawo zvakanaka . zvasiyana neanoitirwa muno munyika nekuti maparty agents anenge aripo.
mwoyo chenai tsvimborume kubvisa mwana wemvana madziwa Mai vacho varipo .....ngwarai ma CCC


Mmmm 1 month ago

It's true our MP's are useless in parliament... such a disappointment.


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

I do not know what has gotten into the Speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda, to speak openly in favour of diasporans vote. Most ZANU PF leaders do not want the diasporans to be allowed to vote because they suspect that most of them will vote for opposition political parties. They have always encouraged diasporans to send money back home, but when came to diasporans vote, they have always muffled. We know where our diasporans are. Let us amend our laws to accommodate themr and open voting centres for them.

NYIKA INOURAIWA NE MBAVHA DZAYO.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA.

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].


ngorima mushava 1 month ago

our Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 constitution doesn't allow diaspora vote, only those on state duty (@embassies, counsels) are allowed to vote ,
the good or bad thing is that Zimbabweans voted for this LAW ,in the 2012 COPAC referendum ,of which all the parties in the GNU (ZanuPF, MDCT, MDC N) all campaigned for a "YES" vote ,meaning they'll agreed that diasporans should not vote ....
the other issue is of our elections being Ward Based meaning you vote for a councillor,MP, President,
the onus is now on us the electorate to push our MPs to move a motion to make changes on the Electoral Act.
the bad part is that most if not all opposition Mps go to Parliament to just make NOISE not to deliberate on sensitive issues

Maparamuro 1 month ago

Parliament has the power to amend that constitution but the parliamentarians are not interested. Their only focus is the benefits of being in parliament.
We have a useless parliament


Machiavelli 1 month ago

ZANU with its ⅔majority in Parliament is not interested in giving the Diaspora a vote. The opposition even if they were to sponsor a private members bill on the subject wouldn't get anywhere

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zec 1 month ago

these gurus are good in tolking,they need to enact the law and do practical things ,t will end like that


1 month ago


bid 1 month ago

walk the talk Mudenda u are gud at oratory*


yayatore 1 month ago

excellent


SC 1 month ago

Good politics Mr Speaker Sir



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