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ZCC Unhappy Over The Handling Of By-elections

ZCC Unhappy Over The Handling Of By-elections

The Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has expressed concern over the manner in which the 26 March by-elections were conducted.

In its report titled “Ecumenical Election Observation Preliminary Findings on the 26 March 2022 By-elections”, ZCC noted that some opposition parties were barred from holding campaign rallies, while ZEC failed to handle the voters’ roll properly. Read the report:

The Church noted that the political playing field remained unequal for political parties. Frequent suppression of some opposition parties was observed during the pre-election period.

The Church is concerned about this selective application of the law as it undermines confidence in Law Enforcement Institutions.

Some opposition political parties faced challenges in holding their campaign rallies across the country, as the police would either deny their applications or accept them with stiff restrictions or conditions, which would not apply to other political parties.

ZEC’s handling of the voter’s roll raised a lot of concerns before and during the elections.

ZCC also noted that in Kwekwe, Mbizo Constituency, Ward 1 Mbizo Youth Centre Polling Station, a Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party agent was assaulted by an unidentified man.

There were also cases of assisted voters in all wards, notably, the 21 youths who were assisted voters at Ward 4 Matione Primary School in Chipinge.

ZCC said there was an increase in the number of returned voters due to a lack of identity documents (IDs), missing names and misspelt names on the voters’ roll.

Despite acknowledging positive strides made by ZEC in areas such as voter registration and gender sensitivity, ZCC said there is still room for improvement in the areas of voters’ roll management, polling station accessibility by PWDs and elderly voters.

More: VOA Zimbabwe

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10 Comments

Maravaza 3 months ago

Nailed it... But beware of retribution, Zanu pf is easily offended when facing criticism


Zim 1 3 months ago

Hamurige Economy vaMunyangasa


CHAWABVUNZA 3 months ago

ALL THESE 42 GOOD YEARS ZANU PF HAS USED INTIMIDATION AND DENYING OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES ACCESS INTO RURAL AREAS. CCC MUST PLAN STRATEGIES TO BEAT THEM IN THEIR TRACKS AT THE HARMONISED ELECTIONS.


Cde Mzvinavhu (Prof) 3 months ago

ZCC must first teach church leaders democracy first. With many denominations failing to have "Holy " succession systems, their hands are dirty to qualify to advice secular political leaders. They cannot pontificate of fairness in secular politics. In this case why is ZCC exaggerating any immaterial disputes in the peaceful electoral process that occurred on the 26th. ZCC must first clean the Christian history about Jeso Kilisito. Some where in the Bible Jesus declared that he came ,not, for the non Jews, but his tribe. The racial verse quietly reads in the so called New testament. After all the Church must advise the UN to discuss the US outstanding debt to Africa as reparation to Africa for slavery crimes that were used to build US economy. Amen!


Joe 3 months ago

Cde munotaura zvisina musoro munongohumana asi munobhadharwa neZanu musapuse

THE FIEND 3 months ago

Nonsense

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 3 months ago

ZCC is saying the ground is not level meaning something has to be done before 2023 election,

If we see an election going in 2023, that alone will tell us the ground has been made level and we don't want to hear any party crying of rigging.

ZEC is just a referee who goes by the toss and not to blame...
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factos 3 months ago

good now you talking sense
atleast you are tired of zanu pf


babhuti 3 months ago

well said zec ngaiiswe pakona


gudo 3 months ago

ccc leaders must press on abt electrol reforms beisides these we will b roasted,frried & braaid in poverty may the good Lord help my country Zimbabwe



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