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America to lecture Zimbabwe on how to hold free and fair elections

by Mandla Ndlovu
19 Jan 2022 at 11:56hrs | Views
The United States of America Embassy in Harare has promised to use this week to post a series of tweets that will teach the government of Zimbabwe how to hold free and fair elections in line with the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZDERA).

Zimbabwe is set to hold by-elections in March this year.

"March by-elections and the 2023 harmonized elections give the Government of Zimbabwe a chance to show that #ZimVotesMatter, especially if it honors its commitment to level the playing field by undertaking #ZimElectoralReform.." The Embassy said is a tweet. "This week @usembassyharare will tweet several examples of what our government sees as the criteria for a free and fair election. Stated in the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZDERA) and also in Zimbabwe's own constitution, these values have remained constant."

The Embassy called upon the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to exercise Independence and desist from allowing Cabinet ministries to meddle in its affairs.

"Many continue to question #ZECindependence. #ZimElectoralReform means allowing the ZEC to fulfill its constitutional mandate without political interference. To ensure #ZECindependence, #ZimElectoralReform would allow the ZEC Chair to freely meet and consult political parties contesting elections and prohibit interference from outside entities such as the Ministries of Justice, Home Affairs, and the Cabinet.

"In previous elections, political parties had limited access to public broadcast media, making it difficult for opposition candidates to share their policy agendas with Zimbabwean voters. #ZimElectoralReform would uphold the Electoral Act and level the playing field by ensuring public broadcast media gives nationwide, equal, non-partisan airtime for all candidates during the election period."

Source - Byo24News