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"Too Late To Call For The Diaspora Vote Before 2023"- Election Watchdog

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have said it was now too late to call for the Zimbabweans in the diaspora to be allowed vote in the 2023 elections. 

They said the process is long and can’t be done within the limited space of time left.

In its first electoral reform series titled Diaspora Vote in Zimbabwe: Feasibility versus Desirability, civic society group Tutuma Zimbabwe said Zimbabwe has failed to amend effect constitutional and Electoral laws.

The Tutuma Zimbabwe study said laws should be amended to ensure clear procedures on how citizens residing outside the country will be registered and how they will vote on the polling day.

Election Resource Centre programmes manager Solomon Bobosibunu told NewsDay that it was too late to call for the diaspora vote before next year’s elections. Bobosibunu said:

It’s not justifiable, but practically it’s no longer possible. The timeframe left between now up to the time Zimbabwe can promulgate laws that will be used in an election means that we might be behind time. If all the laws are not enacted by January 2023, then ultimately those laws will not see the light of the day.

There is no longer sufficient time for amendments to the Electoral Act to be done; we lost a lot of time without even taking any action around the Diaspora vote. This should have been started around 2018-2019. Now we are only left with five months before 2023.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) chairperson Andrew Makoni said Parliament has until the end of the year 2022 to agree to electoral reforms and pass the necessary law. Makoni added:

There is still time for the electoral reforms to be made. However, it will be up to Parliament to consider the diaspora vote or not. As Zesn we have been pushing for a law allowing all citizens to exercise their right to vote despite their location.

Numerous voices have been calling for the diaspora vote with the ruling ZANU PF reluctant to push the agenda.

National Assembly speaker Jacob Mudenda is one of the unusual voices that recently pushed for citizens in the diaspora to vote, a move that reportedly got him in trouble with his party.

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14 Comments

🅼🅰🆁🅰🆅🅰🆉🅰 6 days ago

𝗜𝘁'𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗼𝗼 𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲, 𝗠𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗴𝘄𝗮 𝗵𝗶𝗺𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝘆 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝘀


TnapaH 1 week ago

I think you can only practise your right when u are in your country


Machiavelli 1 week ago

Yes, it maybe too late for the 2023 Diaspora Vote, but as a matter of principle it must be embarked upon with a view to incorporate it in time for the next plebiscite (2028?)


Sekoz 1 week ago

Diapsora guys should be allowed to vote why refusing them but munoda mari yavo.Get away.


mmmmm 1 week ago

Imi ma diaspora huyai to vote musada kuudzwa zvekuita mava vanhu vakuru mhani nxaa


Maparamuro 1 week ago

Yeah it's too late but this issue has been on the table forever. Who is fooling who? Soon we will be hearing its too late for reforms again.

Wake up


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Chawabvunza 1 week ago

Although there is no longer available time for diaspora vote to be implemented, ZANU PF has always been reluctant to allow diasporans to vote although Zimbabwe receive thousands of dollars from the diasporans. ZANU PF is not interested in diasporans vote. Zimbabwe government may start working on diasporans vote now so that when we start new Parliament after 2023 Harmonised Elections, diasporans vote is ready and can be implemented in any by-election.

NYIKA INOURAIWA NE MBAVHA DZAYO.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA [NHC].

[VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE].


Dhuterere 1 week ago

like they used to do before the opposition was formed

Voter 1 week ago

Poor excuse to deny people their right.
The truth is that the government is afraid knowing that they, diasporians, will vote for the opposition.
The Zim embassies can easily organize the voting process.


Putin 🇷🇺 1 week ago

vhoterai ikoko kuno Maya nyika inovakwa nevene vayo 🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼 hallelujah God bless you all imi hamusi vekuno


Anonymous 1 week ago

@Jacob Mudhenda grow up, u dont have facts you just have vulgar on your finger tips. You cant discuss with other citizens, why are you like that. its better kunyarara kana usina zvekutaura


Anonymous 1 week ago

Dont push for unnecesary costs. We are struggling financially and you want to put another burden for those abroad to vote. As a matter of fact, most of diasporians are illegal citizens over there, even if its allowed most of the Zimbos in SA cant vote


Asalif 1 week ago

hw do you know they are illegal immigrants as if you work at S A home affairs


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