Zimbabwe: Electoral Amendment Bill ready for gazetting

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
1 October 2010

The Electoral Amendment Bill is now out and will be gazetted anytime soon.

The Attorney-General’s office has been working on a draft of the Electoral Amendment Bill agreed to by the coalition partners in 2009 for tabling before parliament. The Bill contains sweeping electoral reforms that would make it mandatory for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to announce all election results within five days.

After the first round of the March 2008 presidential elections, the discredited old ZEC, led by Justice George Chiweshe, took more than five weeks to announce the results.

The anticipated Bill also proposes to remove police personnel from using the postal ballot, or being present at polling stations on election day. The partisan police force has always faced accusations of abusing their power when they ‘helped’ disabled or illiterate voters to cast their ballots in all elections held since 2000

A highly placed source in government told SW Radio Africa on Friday that the [continue reading]

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