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US Embassy Concerned About Political Violence In Zimbabwe, Calls For Electoral Reforms

US Embassy Concerned About Political Violence In Zimbabwe, Calls For Electoral Reforms

The United States (US) embassy has urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to implement electoral reforms recommended in the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZIDERA).

The US imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2001 under ZIDERA following the chaotic land reform programme that was characterised by human rights abuses, economic mismanagement and electoral theft by the government led by the late former President Robert Mugabe.

In a series of tweets yesterday, the US embassy criticised ZEC over the manner the electoral body handled the March 26 by-elections.

It said there was intimidation and assault of voters, which if not addressed would jeopardise the credibility of polls expected next year. The US embassy said:

We commend all the volunteers, observers, party agents, polling agents, police officers and voters who made March 26 by-elections happen and took their time to invest in Zimbabwe’s democracy.

We appreciated the opportunity to observe by-elections, but remain very concerned about harsh rhetoric, intimidation and violent assaults in the lead-up to election day. Voters have the right to participate in political processes free from fear and violence. Zidera requires Zimbabwe to hold an election ‘widely accepted as free and fair by independent international monitors,’ and to sufficiently improve the pre-election environment to be consistent with international standards.

We urge Zec to publicly release an auditable electronic voters roll far in advance of 2023 elections so that citizens can help to strengthen the credibility of the voters roll and reduce the numbers of potential voters turned away from polling stations.

To achieve this, Zimbabwe’s government must commit to a level playing field, apply laws to all candidates and parties and guarantee public media gives nationwide, equal, non-partisan airtime for all candidates during the election period.

Independent electoral watchdogs and statisticians allege that the voters’ roll that was used in the 26 March 2022 by-elections had several discrepancies which include alleged movement of voters from their constituencies and wards and the creation of additional polling stations under unclear circumstances.

Government has, on several occasions, accused the US of working in cahoots with the opposition to push the regime change agenda.

More: NewsDay Zimbabwe

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24 Comments

Vote CCC, VOTE CHAMISA 3 months ago

So you see that ZIDERA is just Enforcing a level playing field


Sky Crapper 3 months ago

Thank you US, ikasa ramba kubuda Zanu next year..please top up with Sanction futi ku Zimbabwe kuti tirambe tichingo mama


o 3 months ago

iwe unorwara njere chete

SOLEMN 3 months ago

Use your nuclear weapons to enforce democracy in Zimbabwe


america missile operator 3 months ago

we invented a nutraliser

foolish america 3 months ago

ndosaka makagadzirirwa bomb rinomhanya 25 000km pa hour. makadzungaira. Russia yakagadzira weapon yakanzi is the second devil inoda 13 seconds kusvika ku Ngirandi.

gamba 3 months ago

endai kuRussia munokwangwamadziwa mbwa dzavanhu americans


Rus putin 3 months ago

Vote CCC


ED 3 months ago

ndoziva kut chero mkataura zvinengei Vybes Kartel anenge ane AK47 achidambura maCCC agents musi wekuvhota. handibvi pachigaro ini. ndakarwa hondo. Zim ndeyeropa. l really know that CCC will win but nothing will change
Zanu PF will rule Zimbabwe until tose tafa


Typing... 3 months ago

Atidi anorambira ,kkkkkk

Machiavelli 3 months ago

Too much Yellow on that scarf...
Ummmm...
Trying to tell us something?
Join the queue, behind ThoCCCozani


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Chawabvunza 3 months ago

The source of sanctions has been laid down bare by the United States of America embassy. There is nowhere where it is indicated that any political party went to the United States of America to ask for sanctions. The Old People's Home must just reform our electoral laws for the United States of America to rewind ZIDERA.

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].


Yellow Mellow 💛 3 months ago

Amen

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 3 months ago

I dont think the president has a problem with that, its councilors and MPs who fight for positions.
Priscilla Chigumba please make sure reforms are in place coz we want to replace them with sanctions...


Machiavelli 3 months ago

The proverbial ostrich- head in sand

chigumba 3 months ago

leave me alone go ask your vice president


Muccc 3 months ago

That scarf is more yellow than anything. No wonder CCC won resoundingly in Harare East.


chihuta 3 months ago

hoo


Vaye vaye 3 months ago

Ko nhai hama ,ko sei vanhu vakaenda kuhondo, ndizo here zvamaka endera kuhondo zviri kuitika ,Ko CCC muno ivengerei yamurikuti aitonge chero yakahwina


stallion 3 months ago

hazvisirizvo asi kuti musangano wezanu wakasandurwa ukabviswa kuvanhu ukaiitwa wembavha but zvakaitwa zvineungwaru zvekuti hazvibatiki kana isina kupepuka ukazvitaura unonzi uri mhandu


zec officer 3 months ago

manje ndodii masoja akazara ndikagadzirisa mutemo we zec ndodzingwawo neni....tangai mabvisa masoja anotiongorora kuzec kuno uku tisununguke kuita basa kwete zvekuudzirwa nemauto atinawo Aya ....mukasadero Ngoma ndiyo ndiyo


molly 3 months ago

eeh ngavabve kusare zec workers chaiwo chaiwo

kuvhunduka chati kwata. 3 months ago

cde siyanai nazvo regai zec yakadero masoja iwayo akapinda basa kare anobva oendepi ...regai vanhu vashande musoja Wei ndokubasa kwake ikoko

Chiurai 3 months ago

Ko us zvairwadza papi. Yadii kuisa ma reforms kukupazwa nyika yakazara vangu.

Kutya chete kunzi moons zvisati zvaoneka mu History. yaa kusimbira isu tadii.



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