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African Elections

Before, during and after

Electoral Support

DELAYS OVER RELEASE OF VOTERS’ ROLL IN TIME FOR NOMINATION COURT WORRYING -ZESN

14 June 2018 – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) expresses concern over delays by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in availing the voters’ roll especially in time for the sitting of the Nomination Court. Section 155(2)(c) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe stipulates that ZEC must ensure that all political parties and candidates must have access to all material and information necessary for them to participate effectively. In addition, the Electoral Act in Section 21(1) and (3) explicitly states that “the voters’ roll shall be a public document and within a reasonable time period…more

ZESN STATEMENT ON THE 2018 ELECTION ROADMAP RELEASED BY ZEC

8 June 2018 – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) notes the 2018 Harmonized elections roadmap released this week by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) which details the various processes the Commission will undertake. The Network has noted that the roadmap is silent about the process of designing and printing of the ballot papers. Section 52A (a) of the Electoral Act states that ZEC should without delay provide information to all political parties, candidates and observers on where and by whom the ballot papers for the election are being printed…more

STATEMENT ON THE PROCLAMATION OF THE ELECTION DATE

31 May 2018 – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) notes the proclamation of 30 July 2018 as the date for the harmonised election in terms of Section 38 of the Electoral Act. ZESN calls upon all stakeholders to heed repeated pronouncements made by the President that the country should hold free, fair and credible elections by committing to peaceful campaigns devoid of violence and hate speech. In order to ensure that there is smooth implementation of key electoral processes in the run up to the election, ZESN calls upon the government to avail adequate resources on time to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)…more

ZESN-ERC Comminique on Electoral Amendment Bill.

7 May 2018 – Following the Electoral Amendment Bill Conference, convened by the Election Resource Centre (ERC) and the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), on 17 April 2018; Acknowledging that a comprehensive and holistic electoral law, based on the principles of transparency, accountability and inclusivity…more

STATEMENT ON THE OPENING OF THE PROVISIONAL VOTERS’ ROLL FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION

3 May 2018 – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) notes the announcement by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) that the Provisional Voters’ Rolls will be open for inspection from May 19 to May 29 2018, in line with Section 21(1) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13). The purpose of the Provisional Voters’ Roll inspection is to allow members of the public to check if their details were correctly captured and if not, have their objections rectified.  ZESN calls upon the ZEC to ensure that there is adequate publicity of the exercise to ensure that all registered voters…more

FINALISATION OF ELECTORAL LAW REFORM CRITICAL TO CREDIBLE ELECTIONS- ZESN

17 April 2018 – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) notes with concern delays by the Parliament of Zimbabwe to finalize the process of enacting comprehensive reforms to the Electoral Act in line with constitutional provisions. ZESN calls upon legislators and the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to urgently consider the proposed amendments to the electoral laws as further delays will only serve to jeorpadise the credibility of the impending 2018 elections…more

GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO RATIFY AFRICAN CHARTER ON DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE- A PROGRESSIVE STEP

29 March 2018 – The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) welcome the decision by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to sign the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Good Governance (The Charter) and urges the government to quickly move on to ratify, domesticate and implement its provisions ahead of the 2018 elections. President Mnangagwa signed the African Charter On Democracy, Elections and Governance on Wednesday 21 March 2018 in Rwanda, where he was attending the African Union (AU) Extraordinary Summit…more

ZESN Commemorates International Women’s Day 2018

8 March 2018 – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) joins the rest of the world in commemorating International Women’s Day (IWD). The day is set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women while calling for gender equality. This year the campaign is running under the theme #PressForProgress. In line with this year’s theme, ZESN calls upon women from all walks of life in Zimbabwe to fully participate in this year’s electoral processes…more

ZESN CALLS UPON ZEC TO AVAIL A DETAILED ELECTION OPERATIONAL PLAN AND CALENDAR

2 March 2018 – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) notes the pronouncements made by the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) that the provisional voters’ roll will be out by early April 2018. In order to afford electoral stakeholders ample time to plan various interventions in support of the various electoral processes preceding the 2018 elections, ZESN reiterates its calls for a detailed operational plan, election calendar and a comprehensive 2018 electoral roadmap. Whereas ZESN appreciates the indicative timelines given by the ZEC Chairperson regarding the availability of the provisional voters’ roll, the Network believes that a detailed roadmap with specific start and end dates for key electoral processes should be availed forthwith…more

ZESN STATEMENT ON THE APPOINTMENT OF JUSTICE PRISCILLA CHIGUMBA AS NEW ZEC CHAIRPERSON

1 February 2018 – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) notes the appointment of Justice Priscilla Chigumba as the new Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). ZESN calls upon the newly appointed Chairperson to spearhead the requisite legislative and administrative reforms to ensure that the 2018 elections are, free, fair and credible…more

A CLEAR ELECTORAL ROADMAP ESSENTIAL FOR SUCCESSFUL 2018 ELECTIONS

11 January 2018 – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) notes the Biometric Voter Registration mop up which commenced on 10 January 2018 in response to calls by various stakeholders for an extension of the registration exercise. Voter registration is one of the most critical elements of an electoral cycle as such ZESN urges the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to avail adequate voter education in the areas where the mop up exercise is being conducted.   As ZEC concludes the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise, ZESN reiterates its calls for a complete, accurate and comprehensive voters’ roll, a clear election roadmap, the creation of a conducive political environment among other key electoral processes leading up to the 2018 elections…more

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