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A Constituency Profile of Mudzi West Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Mudzi West constituency is located in Mashonaland East Province. It comprises of Shanga, Suswe, Mudzi, Musarakufa and Chiunye. Mudzi West constituency falls under Mudzi Rural District Council. It comprises of five wards...more

Report on the June 10 2015, Parliamentary by-elections

Following the invitation of ZEC, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) deployed 158 static observers for the by-elections based at some of the Ward and Constituency Collation Centres. In addition 42 mobile observers were deployed...more

A Constituency Profile of Dzivarasekwa Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support network

Dzivarasekwa constituency is located in Harare Province. It comprises Glaudina, Dzivarasekwa Extension and Dzivarasekwa. It is situated to the north western side of the City of Harare. The high density suburb has experienced perennial problems of water supply, sewerage reticulation and an increasing number of road pot holes due to reduced road servicing...more

A Constituency Profile of Kambuzuma Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Kambuzuma Constituency is located in Harare Province. It comprises of Crowborough and Crowborough North, New Marimba Park, part of Mufakose and Kambuzuma townships. It also includes Mufakose 2 Primary and Mufakose 3 Secondary Schools and Mutiunokura...more

A Constituency Profile of Highfield West Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Comprising of two Wards 26 and 29. The constituency covers Willowvale, High Glen, and Glen Eagles Road up to Harare Drive northwards. It was created in 2005 from the bigger Highfields. Historically, it is known for its activism and prominent people include among others President Mugabe, the late Abel Muzorewa...more

 A Constituency Profile of Kuwadzana Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Kuwadzana constituency is to the west of Harare province. The province has 26 National Assembly constituencies. According to the ZEC 2008 delimitation report,the constituency consists of Kuwadzana Township and part of Tynwald wards 33, 44 and 45. Most residents of Kuwadzana Constituency are informal traders...more

 A Constituency Profile of Harare East Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Comprising of Wards 8, 9 and 46, Harare East Constituency is located in Harare Metropolitan Province. The suburbs constituting the constituency are New Tafara, Glen Lorne, Amby, Athlone, Blantyre, Manresa, Mandara, Chisipite, Brookridge, Greystone Park, Donnybrook, Hogerty Hill, Helensville, Highlands, Kambanji, Letombo, Lewisam, Msasa, Newlands, Rhodesville, Quinnington, Umwingsdale and Shawasha Hills...more

A Constituency Profile of Glen View South Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Glen View South constituency is found in the south western part of Harare metropolitan city and it shares much of its boundaries with Budiriro and Glen Norah constituencies. The constituency is made up of wards 31 and 32 of the Harare Municipality. The population of the constituency is 93 773[1] people...more

A Constituency Profile of Dangamvura-Chikanga Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Dangamvura Chikanga constituency is located in Manicaland Province. This constituency consists mainly of Mutare city's high density suburbs of Dangamvura and Chikanga and other suburbs which exclude Fern Valley and Green Side,The constituency’s infrastructure is old and suffers from a lack of maintenance hence needs urgent face-lifting....more

A Constituency Profile of Hurungwe West Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Mashonaland West is mainly a rural province with a few urban centres (Kadoma, Kariba, Chinhoyi, Norton, Karoi and Chegutu). The Zezuru and Korekore tribes come from this province. Hurungwe West is in Hurungwe RDC which is the most Korekore populated district[1] in Mashonaland West....more

A Constituency Profile of Makokoba Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Makokoba constituency is a suburb located in Bulawayo Province.   It was the first black African township in the city. The suburb is named after the actions of Mr Fallon, the Native Commissioner, who used to walk around the city with a stick. The name comes from the word "ukukhokhoba"…more

A Constituency Profile of Lobengula Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Lobengula constituency is a suburb of Bulawayo, the second biggest city in Zimbabwe. It is made up of high density suburbs of Njube, Old Lobengula, New Lobengula and Lobengula West. Unemployment has exacerbated poverty and most households lack housing tenure…more

A Constituency Profile of Wedza North Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Mashonaland East Province has nine districts, 23 House of Assembly and six senatorial constituencies. Wedza North constituency was created after the 2008 Delimitation exercise. It was hived off from Hwedza constituency. It is made up of major areas of Garaba, Chemhanza, Hwedza, and Matsine....more

A Constituency Profile of Tsholotsho North Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Tsholotsho North constituency is located in Matabeleland North. The province has 13 National Assembly and 6 senatorial constituencies. It was created from Tsholotsho constituency and comprises of Pumula, Sihazela, Dhlamini, to the west and Jimila, Sipepa, Gwaai…more

A Constituency Profile of Pelandaba/Mpopoma Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Pelandaba/Mpopoma is located in Bulawayo province and made up of one of the oldest high density of Mpopoma, Matshobana, Mpopoma South, Mabutweni, Imiyela and Pelandaba. The province has 12 National Assembly and six Senatorial constituencies. It constitutes of ward 9 and 13…more

A Constituency Profile of Mbizo Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Mbizo constituency is located in the midlands province. This constituency emerged after the delimitation process of 2008 from the old Kwekwe constituency. Mbizo constituency falls under Kwekwe city council. The Midlands province consists of 28 constituencies....more

 

A Constituency Profile of Luveve Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Bulawayo Province has 29 wards, 12 House of Assembly and six senatorial constituencies. Luveve constituency was hived off the old Pumula-Luveve constituency. It comprises of areas such as Jairos Jiri Centre, Bonisa, Enqamali, Luveve Stadium and Luveve Native Village. The constituency comprises of Luveve 5, Old Luveve and Gwabalanda suburbs....more

A Constituency Profile of Headlands Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Headlands constituency is located in Makoni District in Manicaland province. The province has 26 national assembly and 6 senatorial constituencies. This constituency was curved off from the old Makoni North constituency and it covers Inyati....more

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

By-elections for the Chirumanzu-Zibagwe and Mt. Darwin West constituencies were held on 27 March 2015. The by-elections were held under generally peaceful conditions, though there were isolated incidences of intimidation and harassment. ZESN was able to observe all the pre-election processes, Election Day and will continue to monitor the post-election environment...More

Policy Brief: Challenges in attaining gender balance in elections in Zimbabwe

Introduction

Women face challenges in political parties, council and parliamentary elections. The legal framework and legislation governing elections and the process of getting elected into council and parliament in Zimbabwe is described, based on the views of women from political parties…more

 

Voter Registration Observation Report For Chirumanzu-Zibagwe and Mt Darwin West Constituencies

Voter registration is the principal means to determine those eligible and or ineligible to vote. Thus a flawed voters’ roll can disenfranchise eligible voters and allow ineligible voters to vote. The voter registration process, can ultimately determine the quality of the voters’ roll. Voter registration and the compilation and maintenance of an accurate national voters’ roll are essential components of any fair electoral process......more

A Constituency Profile of Mt Darwin West Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Mt. Darwin West is a constituency located in Mashonaland Central province and Mt. Darwin District. This constituency emerged after splitting it from Mt Darwin South[1]. Mt Darwin West constituency falls under Mt. Darwin Rural District Council. Mashonaland Central consists of 18 constituencies and 6 senatorial seats.....more 

 

A Constituency Profile of Chirumanzu Zibagwe Compiled by Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Chirumanzu-Zibagwe constituency is located in the Midlands province and in Chirumanzu district. The Midlands province has 28 national assembly and 6 senatorial constituencies. This constituency emerged out of the old Chirumanzu constituency and comprises Mvuma, which is a mining town, Rukundo and Netherburn1.....more

ZESN Annual Report 2013

The year 2013 was a very eventful year for ZESN, having been an election year there were a number of activities that were carried out, the March referendum, the Special vote and the Harmonised elections epitomised the work....more

Report on the 31 July 2013 Harmonised Elections

On 31 July 2013 Zimbabwe held harmonised elections for the Presidency, the National Assembly, the Senate and local authorities. ZESN deployed 7 099 observers to every province and constituency in the country on 31 July 2013, set as the 'Election Day'...more

Results of the house of Assembly 31 July 2013
A CRITICAL REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF ZIMBABWE'S ELECTORAL AMENDMENT BILL, H.B 7, 2013
Following the promulgation of the New Constitution on the 22nd of May 2013, a number of laws needed to be amended to bring them in line with the supreme law of the land. The new electoral framework in the New Constitution necessitated various amendments to the Electoral Act and related regulations to bring them in conformity with the supreme law of the land....:more
ZESN's A CRITICAL REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF ZIMBABWE'S ELECTORAL AMENDMENT BILL, H.B 7, 2013-Final Feb 2014
This is a review by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network ("ZESN") of the proposed amendments to Zimbabwe's legislation on the management and conduct of elections in the country. The Electoral Amendment Bill, H.B 7, 2013 (hereafter referred to as the "Amendment Bill" or "the Bill") seeks to amend the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13] (hereafter referred to as "the Principal Act" or "the Act"). For purposes of this review, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission will be referred to as "the Commission"....: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
ZESN Referendum Report 2013
Zimbabwe held its constitutional referendum on the 16th of March 2013. The referendum came as a consequence of an agreement between the country's three main political parties to draw up a new Constitution and to submit the final draft to the nation for approval. This plan to give the nation a new, "home-grown" constitution to replace the Lancaster House.....: more
Zimbabwe's Electoral Preparedness for the 2013 Harmonised Elections: Ready or Not?
Since the installation of the Inclusive Government in 2009, Zimbabwe has been locked in a fragile and uncertain transition but is now at its most critical juncture with decisive elections looming in the next twelve months....: more
ZESN Analysis of Polling Stations from the 2013 Constitutional Referendum for the 2013 Harmonised Elections
As part of is overall observation effort and in advance of the Harmonised elections (anticipated in 2013), the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) conducted an analysis of the list of polling stations used for the 16 March 2013 Constitutional Referendum...: more
ANNUAL REPORT 2011
The year 2011 brought about its own challenges and opportunities. Having celebrated ten years of existence in the preceeding year ZESN. : more
Ballot Newsletter Issue 2 March
An electoral system is one of the most fundamental elements of representative democracy. A crucial moment in representative democracies where elected officials make decisions on behalf of the people is how these officials are being elected. This translation of the citizen's votes into representative seats is performed by the electoral system. ....... : more
Ballot Newsletter Issue 2 March
An electoral system is one of the most fundamental elements of representative democracy. A crucial moment in representative democracies where elected officials make decisions on behalf of the people is how these officials are being elected. This translation of the citizen's votes into representative seats is performed by the electoral system. ....... : more
FINAL REPORT:Shadowing the Constitution Outreach Process
"It is the fundamental right and duty of the Zimbabwean people to make a constitution by themselves and for themselves---and that the process must be owned and driven by the people and must be inclusive and democratic." Article V1 of the Global Political Agreement The Global political agreement (GPA) signed in 2008 mandated the inclusive government to embark on a constitution reform process........... : more
Summary Review of Zimbabwe's Electoral Amendment Bill, 2011
The Parliament of Zimbabwe is attempting to make changes to the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13). The Electoral Amendment Bill, 2001, currently before Parliament, seeks to make several changes to the existing law with a view to promoting free and fair elections. This document by ZESN seeks to explain the changes that have been proposed and make recommendations on how to improve the legal framework for lections in Zimbabwe. : more
A CRITICAL REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF ZIMBABWE'S ELECTORAL AMENDMENT BILL, 2011
This is a review by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network ("ZESN") of the proposed amendments to Zimbabwe's legislation on the management and conduct of elections in the country. The Electoral Amendment Bill, 2011.... : more
Ballot News Newsletter
This issues comes against a background of a hive of activity on the political landscape of the country. The COPAC constituition making process is still in progress with........... : more
Annual Report 2010
The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) a coalition of 30 organizations formed to co-ordinate activities amongst these organizations focusing on elections and electoral support in Zimbabwe.... : more
Voters' Roll Observation Report
In democratic polities, voting is the supreme act of citizen participation in politics and its processes. In fact, voting is one of the 'procedural minima' of democracy. Granted there are numerous ways and methods of participation but voting is easily the most visible and one of the most effective methods of 'speaking truth to power.' The importance of elections in a democracy is seen through the opportunity citizens have to pick leaders of their choice to represent them in governance structures. Alexander Hamilton (1962), observed that "A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large in voting at elections, is one of the most important rights of the subject, and in a republic ought to stand foremost in the estimation of the law."........... : more
Possible Electoral systems for Zimbabwe
A new constitution of Zimbabwe should include, among other things, the principles governing the systems of representation for the various elected bodies of the state. The electoral systems need to be balanced with specific functions given to each body. For example, a ceremonial head of state may be indirectly elected, whereas an executive head independent of parliament should be elected using a system of majority vote from the electorate (gathering as much support as possible from the voters)............. : more
A Profile of Constituencies: Understanding Elections in Zimbabwe
This production captures the geography, livelihoods and voting patterns of people in the 210 constituencies.The Delimitation Report as written by the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) is a technical document. The purpose of this publication is to simplify it and......... : more