ERC submits election legal framework analysis to Parliament

By James Martin

Election Resource Centre (ERC) says it has submitted to Parliament its analysis of the legal framework that governs elections in Zimbabwe.

The analysis which was handed over to the Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda is seeking among other things to help speed up electoral reforms in the country.

Speaking recently, ERC director Tawanda Chimhini said they will also share the analysis with the relevant Parliamentary Portfolio committee to help them in their deliberations with regards to elections.

“We met with the Speaker of National Assembly last week and we shared the analysis with him and we will be doing the same for the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to help inform their discussions with respect to the electoral reforms tying in to the petition that was filed by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) last year,” he said.

Chimhini urged Parliament to adopt the analysis as a template for the electoral reforms.

“We have seen Parliament taking a centre stage in electoral reforms in Kenya where they set up an electoral reforms committee which was bipartisan and just like COPAC they did outreaches to solicit public views on what needs to be changed.

“We indicated in our 2018 election report that the most effective strategy which will be inclusive towards ensuring that there are electoral reforms is through Parliament and Parliament can form an electoral committee that inclusively engages various election stakeholders,” said Chimhini.

The ERC boss added that “Parliament is the conduit through which legislative reforms will be debated and settled. Such debate and finalisation of how the legal framework will look like will benefit from the findings of the analysis.”

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to be the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network as news editor for their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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