Press Statements

ZESN Statement on Reports of Intimidation in Hurungwe West

8 May 2015- The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) is dismayed by comments made by the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development Honourable Ignatius Chombo at a rally in Hurungwe West. In a video recording of the meeting and subsequent news reports carried in the press, the minister addressed headmen and chiefs in the constituency....more

ZESN Statement on the Mt Darwin West and Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe by-elections

Harare- 28 March 2015 - ZESN observed the Parliamentary by-elections in Mt Darwin West and Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe constituencies. ZESN deployed static, constituency and mobile observers at polling stations and collation centres as well as constituency observers who observed collation and tallying at the constituency tally centres....more

ZESN Midday statement on the Mt Darwin West and Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe by-elections

Harare-27 March 2015-ZESN is observing the by-elections in Mt Darwin West and Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe constituencies.ZESN has deployed 45 static and mobile observers in the two constituencies. Based on reports from our observers each polling station has an average of 8 polling officials....more

ZESN Observing Mt Darwin West and Chirumhanzu- Zibagwe By-Elections

Harare-25 March 2015- The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) a network of 31 non-governmental organisations working on the promotion of democratic elections in Zimbabwe will be observing the two parliamentary by-elections set for 27 March in Mt. Darwin West and Chirumanzu – Zibagwe constituencies.....more

ZESN Dismayed by Vice President's Statements

26 February, 2015 - The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) is disheartened by statements made by Honorable Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa at a rally held in Chirumanzu-Zibagwe over the weekend. In an audio recording and subsequent reports in the press, the Vice President chronicled how the ruling party would employ strategies to neutralize voters perceived to belong to opposition parties to ensure electoral victory.....more

ZESN statement on the alleged abuse of donor funds

Harare – 16 February 2015 - The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) has noted the unfounded, malicious and highly prejudicial claims made against the organisation by The Herald in a front-page article in its edition of 16 February 2015. Moreover, this “news article” was published without the reporter seeking comment from the ZESN Director or Board Chairperson.....more

Statement on ZEC’S Pilot Voter Registration Exercise

17 February, 2015 – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) observed the pilot voter registration exercise conducted by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in Mt Darwin West and Chirumanzu - Zibagwe from the 3rd to the 10th of February in preparation for by-elections to be held on the 27th of March in these two constituencies....more

ZESN Statement on the proclamation of by-elections in Mt Darwin West and Chirumhanzi-Zibagwe
Harare - 20 January 2015 - The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) will observe by-elections in Mt Darwin West and Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe constituencies set for March 27 2015.The constituencies fell vacant following the appointment in 2013 of former Vice President Joyce Mujuru and the elevation of Hon Emmerson D Mnangagwa to the post of Vice President of Zimbabwe in December 2014....more

ZESN Wins ICPS Award for Outstanding Work in the Promotion of Democracy
14 January 2015 -
The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) is delighted to announce that the organisation received an Award for Outstanding Work in the Promotion of Democracy from the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS)...more

22 November 2014 Local Government By-Election Press Statement

Harare, 22 November 2014 –The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) observed the three local government by-elections in Chimanimani Ward 15, Mberengwa Ward 33 and Zvishavane Ward 1. ZESN observers reported a peaceful and orderly electoral process in all three wards.Voting: All polling stations opened on time and voting started on schedule...more

ZESN COMMENTS ON THE ZIMBABWE 2002 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS KHAMPEPE REPORT

20 November 2014- Harare - The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) welcomes the publishing of the Khampepe Report commissioned by former South African president, Thabo Mbeki on Zimbabwe’s 2002 Presidential Elections. Thabo Mbeki tasked two judges, with leading the Judicial Observer Mission (JOM) to cover the....more

ZESN commends the peaceful and orderly conduct in Matobo, Mangwe and Chitungwiza by-elections

Harare, 05 October 2014 –Following an invitation by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) deployed a team of 14 people to observe three local authority by-elections that were held on 04 October 2014 in Matobo, Mangwe and Chitungwiza by-elections.......more

13 September 2014: Local Government By-election Press Statement

Harare, 13 September 2014 –The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) observed the three local government by-elections in Mberengwa Ward 26, and Redcliff Ward 5 and Ward 8. ZESN observers reported a peaceful electoral process in all three wards....more

ZESN’S COMMENT ON THE SIGNING OF THE ELECTORAL BILL INTO LAW

2 September 2014 -ZESN notes the signing of the Electoral Amendment Bill into law by President Mugabe during the week of 17 August 2014. The Act now forms part of the legislative framework that regulates electoral processes in Zimbabwe....more
31 JULY 2013 HARMONISED ELECTIONS - ONE YEAR LATER

Zimbabwe held its elections on the 31st of July 2014. One year after the historic polls, Zimbabwe is faced with a mammoth task of enhancing and strengthening electoral processes, including the realignment of laws to the Constitution....more

ZESN COMMENDS THE PEACEFUL CONDUCT OF GUTU SOUTH WARD 24 BY- ELECTION

6 July 2014 - Gutu - Zimbabwe Election Support Network observed the Gutu South Ward 24 by-election held on the 5th of July 2014. The ward seat fell vacant after the death of councillor Bakuri Kufakunavo of ZANU PF. ZESN observers commend the peaceful and professional conduct....more

ZESN COMMENTS ON THE PASSING OF ELECTORAL AMENDMENT BILL IN SENATE

3 April 2014- Harare -The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) notes with concernthe hurried deliberations on the Electoral Amendment Bill in Senate and failure to take the Bill through the public hearing process first. This Bill is an important piece of legislation that will inform how future elections will be administered........more

More than 100 members of civic society organisations (CSOs) working around elections, good governance and democracy in Zimbabwe and the region met in Bulawayo from 13 – 14 March to review the harmonized elections held in 2013....more
ZESN COMMEMORATES THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Harare, 7 March 2014 – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) joins the world in commemorating the International Women's Day which is celebrated on the 8th day of March every year. The international theme for the 2014 International Women's Day 'Equality for women is progress for all'....more

Support ZEC to conduct Polling station Based Voter Registration

The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) calls upon the government to provide resources to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to conduct polling station based voter registration and to come up with a new polling station based voters' roll.....more

Local government By-election Report 25th of January 2014
The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) observed the three local government by-elections in Harare, Karoi and Zaka. The By-elections where called in following the death of seating councilors in the following wards Sunningdale ward 12, Karoi Town Council ward 10 and Zaka RDC ward 32...:more
ZESN welcomes the ZHRC Harmonised Election Report
Harare, 4 February 2014- The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) welcomes the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) report on the July 31 Harmonised Elections in Zimbabwe. ZESN commends the ZHRC for its candid observations of the electoral processes and its broad recommendations for future elections despite their operational deficiencies noted in the report.....:more
Zimbabwe Human Rights Commision Report on the 31 July 2013 Harmonised Elections in Zimbabwe
Following the issuance of the interim report on the 31st July 2013 harmonised elections, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) now presents its final report. ...:more
25 January Local Government By-election Press Statement
Harare, 26 January 2014 –The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) observed the three local government by-elections in Harare, Karoi and Zaka. ZESN observers reported a peaceful electoral process in all three wards albeit the heavy police presence that was reported particularly in Sunningdale Ward 12....:more
Mid-morning statement on the local government by-elections
Harare, 25 January 2014 –The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) is observing the three local government by-elections in Harare, Karoi and Zaka. Observers have reported that voting is taking place in a calm and peaceful environment....:more
 

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