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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