The Civil Society Elections Cluster (CSEC) strategy, 2017 to 2019, emerged from a broad consultative process that brought together Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Zimbabwe working in the arena of democracy and governance. It is premised on the realization that while efforts at ensuring an effective oversight of the the electoral process by individual organizations has traction, there is, regrettably, a dearth in deliberate coordination of various Civil Society Actors to coalesce around unified electoral oversight strategy.
At regular intervals, the Zimbabwe Elections Support Network receives updates from Long Term Observers (LTOs) who are deployed in constituencies across the country. Through the updates by the LTOs, ZESN continuously assesses the evolving electoral environment. This report covers the reporting period of August 2022.
This report covers the period January to August 2022. It seeks to make an assessment of electoral developments within the reporting period against the recommendations that were proffered by the Election Observer Missions to the Zimbabwe 2018 general elections.
Following the harmonised 2018 elections, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) compiled a Compendium of recommendations from the different Election Observer Missions (EOMs) that observed those elections. This tracking report analysis is premised mainly on desktop research to assess the update of the 115 EOMs recommendations
Colour codes will be used in this report to illustrate improvement or lack of it in the electoral environment on the thematic areas covered in the report, as highlighted below:
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS PART I PRELIMINARY
1 Short title and date of commencement.
3 General principles of democratic elections.
PART II ZIMBABWE ELECTORAL COMMISSION
5 Corporate status and ancillary power of Commission.
6 Immunity of Commission, Commissioners etc.
7 Additional functions and powers of Commission.
8 Delegation of functions.
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
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
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
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
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
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