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Election Watch - April 2012
May 08, 2012
on the Idasa website
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Measuring the Zimbabwean electoral environment according
to the SADC Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections
On the 17th
of August 2004, the Southern African Development Community (SADC)
leaders adopted the SADC
Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections."
As a member of SADC, Zimbabwe was a signatory to these benchmark
principles, and therefore it is entirely fitting that Zimbabwe's
performance in relation to the future elections be measured against
these principles and guidelines.
Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa presents
a brief overview of Zimbabwe's electoral system on their website.
principles for conducting democratic elections:
participation of citizens in the political process
students sponsored under President Robert Mugabe's
scholarship fund to attend universities in neighbouring
South Africa have been banned from engaging in political
Stanley Ncube, Zapu's organising secretary for Umguza
constituency in Matebeleland North, was arrested for campaigning
for "devolution of power" to be included in
the new constitution;
Citizenship of Zimbabwe Amendment Act, 2003;
Guardianship of Minors Act, 1961;
Services Act, 2001
Freedom of association
police arrested 15 activists from MDC-N in Tsholotsho South
district of Matabeleland North province, claiming they had
conducted an 'illegal' meeting;
Order and Security Act, 2002, amended 2007.
Ndlovu, the MDC-T Matabeleland South Women's Assembly
chairperson, was yesterday arrested in Gwanda while distributing
the Prime Minister's newsletter.
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