ZESN observes Zambia’s tripartite elections – 2011

Harare – 26 September 2010 – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network deployed a 15 member delegation to observethe tripartite election which were held on 20 September, 2011. The team observed the pre-election, election and post election phases of the Zambian Presidential, parliamentary and localgovernment (tripartite) elections…….. : more

ZESN’S STATEMENT ON THE ROLE OF THE POLICE IN ELECTIONS

This statement is a response to an article that appeared on the 13th of August 2010 in the Zimbabwe Independent on the opposition to electoral reforms by the Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri. Earlier this year political parties in the GNU agreed to reform electoral laws in Zimbabwe and this included among others a change in the role of the police in electoral processes. The three political parties in the inclusive government agreed to restrict the role of……….. : more

ZZZICOMP Report: Shadowing the Outreach process, 11 – 22 August 2010

Constitutions are supreme sets of laws and principles directing how countries should be governed for the good of their citizens and should reflect national vision, values and act as symbols of national unity for current and future generations. Realization of such ideal Constitutions is only possible if citizens, in their diverse circumstances are accorded enough space to express their…….. …. : more

YOUTHS ON A RAMPAGE IN CHIVI

Harare, 26 July 2010- A district administrator in Masvingo has gone into hiding fearing for his life after he was threatened by Zanu PF militias for his contributions at a constitutional outreach meeting at Chivi Centre. Bernard Hadzirabwi, the District Administrator for Chivi District, is in trouble after suggesting in his contribution that ……….. : more

ZESN STAFF MEMBER ACQUITTED

14 July 2010 – Bulawayo – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) would like to inform its members and partners that Lovemore Thulani Ndhlovu, a ZESN staff member who was arrested last year in October on allegations of holding a community workshop in Hwange, Dete area without police clearance was acquitted………. : more

ZESN’S STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ELECTORAL REFORMS

The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) welcomes the move to legislate proposed electoral reforms that were agreed to by political parties into the Electoral Act. However, there are a ew issues that need to be thought through as these proposals are brought before the Legislature. ZESN seeks to promote the democratic conduct of elections in an environment that protects and promotes the rights of citizens…….. : more

ZZZICOMP weekly report July 1-12, 2010

This Report is part of protracted efforts by ZZZICOMP to contribute to transparency in the ongoing Article VI constitution-making process and seeks to accurately reflect the level and method of societal input during the outreach exercise. As a Shadow Report, it seeks to raise awareness and knowledge on the process and content of the constitution-making process with the hope………. : more

STATEMENT ON THE STATUS OF CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM PROCESS

The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) Independent Constitution Monitoring Project (ZZZICOMP) have noted with deep concern the delays in the Constitution making process. According to the Global Political Agreement (GPA), the outreach process was supposed to have been completed no later than four (4) months after the First All Stakeholders’ Conference. This has, however, not been the case as it is now eight (8) months since the conference was held and there remains no sign that the outreach will commence any time soon….. …. : more

STATEMENT ON THE BARRING OF ZESN FROM CONDUCTING A WORKSHOP IN MBIRE

On the 7Th of April however, the DA allegedly acting under the authority and instruction of the Governor and the PA informed the ZESN team that the workshops could no longer proceed as they felt that the community did not need the deliberations and information from the workshop. They questioned the need for reforms and peace buildings as there were no incidents of violence in the area after branding ZESN as an animal that they did not ………. : more