Zimbabwe’s official electoral body says it will for the first time take disciplinary action against journalists for unfair reporting ahead of the nation’s upcoming elections.
THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission will recruit mainly civil servants as polling officers for harmonised elections due by July 31 and has since been cleared by the Public Service Commission to do so. ZEC chairperson Justice Rita Makarau said yesterday that they would also recruit polling officers from the Health Services Board, parastatals and local authorities.
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is ready to conduct the expected harmonised elections as soon as fair conditions for holding polls are proclaimed, the body’s Chairperson Justice Rita Makarau has said.
Report by Tapiwa Zivira, Online Reporter
Speaking before the Peace and Security and the Defence and Home Affairs Parliamentary Portfolio Committees this morning Makarau said: “a fair (electoral) process is one that allows each candidate or political party equal access to the electorate to sell himself /herself, to information about the process and a process that allows the choices made by the people to be reflected as is without any attempt by Zec to manipulate the results or favour one or more of the contestants.” [Read more...]Tweet
By Batsirai Chikuru*
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) will start enforcing equal access to the national broadcaster for political parties once a date for this year’s general elections is announced, the electoral management body said on Wednesday.
Appearing before a joint sitting of the parliamentary committees on Defence and Home Affairs and Peace and Security, the ZEC chairperson, Justice Rita Makarau, said the law prohibits the ZEC from enforcing equal access to the State media before an election date is proclaimed. [Read more...]Tweet
ZIMBABWE Electoral Commission (ZEC) has admitted that the initial mobile voter registration which ended on May 19 was “fraught with challenges”, although Chairperson Justice Rita Makarau hastily pledged to improve the exercise addressing a consultative meeting with members of the civil society on Thursday June 6 in Harare.
ZEC was scheduled to begin a 30-day mobile voter registration on Monday June 10 to satisfy requirements in the new Constitution and has since complied as mobile voter registration is currently underway at various centers. [Read more...]Tweet
HARARE – The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is in the process of considering applications from non governmental organisations (NGOs) that qualify to partner the electoral body in voter education for the harmonised elections expected before the end of next month.
By Batsirai Chikuru*
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and the Registrar General of Voters on Thursday met with disgruntled civil society organisations in an effort to reassure them that they have a role to play in the country’s upcoming general elections.
The gathering in Harare, also attended by faith-based organisations, followed similar meetings that the electoral management body and the RG’s office have held with political parties and media. [Read more...]
HARARE – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday met with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), chairperson, Justice Rita Makarau and the Registrar of Voters, Tobaiwa Mudede at his government offices, his spokesman revealed.
Tsvangirai was briefed on the preparedness of the two organisations regarding the voter registration exercise ahead of the next elections.
Addressing the media after the meeting, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka said the meeting was fruitful. [Read more...]
THE head of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission gave a stark warning to the nation on Tuesday: The voters’ roll is in a shambles and time is running out to fix it before elections.
HARARE – The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is considering a new mobile voter registration exercise after observing that the current one that ends on Sunday was slow and would not capture all those interested in voting in the harmonised elections expected before June 29
Speaking after touring four mobile voter registration centres in Harare and Chitungwiza yesterday, Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau said the electoral body would meet on Friday to come up with modalities for the new exercise.