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Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Proposes Electoral Reforms

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Proposes Electoral Reforms

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is proposing several electoral reforms that will be incorporated into the amended Electoral Act.

This comes as the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs has presented a draft document on a raft of electoral reforms to ZEC.

ZEC Commissioner, Joyce Kazembe, told The Sunday Mail that they have started to implement some of the recommendations suggested by foreign and local observers after the 2018 elections. Said Kazembe:

We always get these recommendations after elections. We had a meeting in Nyanga for those who had observed, foreign and local observers as well as Civil Society observers, and we took into account the recommendations that they made.

We have begun implementing the recommendations through the electoral reforms.

Currently, we are just looking at the submissions from the Parliamentary Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, since we have been engaging them.

They just sent a document with proposed reforms, some of them which we proposed even in 2013.

We have made an input, agreed with them on certain things, and on other things, we did not agree.

Quite a number of issues in the Electoral Act need changing, for example, media monitoring. What we are using currently are the 2008 media regulations, which are highly outdated.

We tried last time, it did not work. However, we are hoping this will be amended this time around.

Kazembe said ZEC was working on accommodating visually impaired people and those with other physical challenges. She said:

There is also an extension of a postal ballot to anyone who will not be able to vote on voting day, in particular, officials on duty; we get a lot of staff from State institutions.

We are also contemplating extending this to people with disabilities since we have been limiting ourselves to people with no physical challenges. So, we are trying to be as broad as possible.

… So we will give them a postal vote and we will have a register which says, this person is in hospital, indicating the polling station.

These postal votes will be arranged according to the constituency, polling area and ward.

All these details will be in an envelope including the number of ballots that we have, that is the President, constituency and wards.

These will be sent to the person wherever they will be. There will be indications of how the ballots will be brought here and counted, long before everyone else has voted.

So that by the time everyone votes, these envelopes should be at the wards the person has indicated, so that the vote is not lost.

Zimbabwe is scheduled to hold harmonised elections in 2023 when citizens elect the President, Members of Parliament and Councillors to serve five-year terms.

More: The Sunday Mail


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14 Comments

Chikandamina 5months ago

Kanda,wataura varikudze vote yavo inodiwa


Kanda 5months ago

Warwadziwa neni but you understood what I was saying that is why you saw there are no punctuation marks shut up munhu wezanu pf


Kanda 5months ago

Ndotori instructor kuNational youth services

Kanda 5months ago

But xkool ndakasvika level raungafungura handina hangu doctorate or professorship but we'll educated and not zimsec

Kanda 5months ago

Kuita seunoshopera I trained for the national youth services paDadaya kana uchipaziva

Jambaeja.com 5months ago

@Kanda:Vanhu veZANU PF ndovasina brain ka. I think you belong there. Writing unpunctuated sentences and paragraphs zvinoitwa with people vakatiza kuchikoro vachienda kuprogramme yeZANU PF yemagreen bomber being disguised as national youth training services

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WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 5months ago

I AM HAPPY THAT TWO STATE INSTITUTIONS, PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS AND ZIMBABWE ELECTORAL COMMISSION [ZEC] PLUS A FAKE ORGANISATION WHICH THEY CALL [POLAD] ARE SEIZED WITH ELECTORAL REFORMS.

BUT I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT THESE STATE INSTITUTIONS DID NOT MENTION SPECIFICS WHICH ARE CONTAINED IN THEIR DOCUMENTS OR DRAFTS. ZEC JUST MUMBLED IN PASSING ON POSTAL BALLOTS FOR THE SICK IN HOSPITAL AND STATE OFFICIALS ON DUTY AND NOTHING FURTHER.

ZEC MUMBLED ON PIECEMEAL REFORMS AND NOT ON REALLY SERIOUS REFORMS. THESE GUYS WANT TO PLAY HIDE AND SEEK [CHIHWANDEHWANDE] WITH US. GENERAL PEOPLE'S INPUTS ARE NECESSARY AT THIS TIME OF THE FORMULATION OF THE REFORMS AS THEY WILL HELP THEM TO COME UP WITH REFORMS ACCEPTABLE TO THE MAJORITY.

THEY SHOULD NOT HIDE THOSE REFORMS FROM US BECAUSE WE, THE VOTERS, ARE THE LARGEST STAKEHOLDERS IN THESE ELECTIONS.

[ONE MAN ONE VOTE. COME 2023 COME]

YOURS FAITHFULLY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[THE BUSH LAWYER]


Chapwititi 5months ago

Rigging reloaded.


Jambanja.com 5months ago

@Chapwititi:Apa mambotaurawo for the first time pamacommendary enyu

Kanda 5months ago

If it was not covid 19 who would you see in our empty and I'll equipped hospitals it's only a facility of giving birth and dressing of wounds how many people will be in hospital Masvingo Provincial Hospital a referral for the Province the medical ward will be empty most of the time who wants to go and die there being given paracetamol 3 times a day and imagine how expensive is the admission there no balanced diet you will wonder what's the bill for so count out about ppl in hospital to vote it's not a reform we will get a million votes from there from nowhere ghost voters my sister who passed away in year 2000 I still see her name in the voter's roll thieves


Anonymous 5months ago

U get the sense,we are not at school here.

Jambanja.com 5months ago

@Kanda: Kana chirungu chichikunetsai, nyorai mururimi rwaamai, kwete kutinyorera zvinyorwa zvisina macomma nemafullstop.

Kanda 5months ago

What a senseless reform what's so special about voting while in hospital while there are millions who stay abroad who can't vote more over they contribute immensely to this crippled economy of ours if we talk about that then we talk about reforms


ALEX_MARS 5months ago

Iyo Reform yekuvhota kwezvirema ndaona ZANU PF. Yavhoterwa nezvirema ONE MILLION.
Ndipo pachaitwa chitsotsi chose ipapo



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