What’s critical at this stage is for the government to take serious steps to resource the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission so that it can effectively carry out its mandate of managing the electoral process.
Discretionary power over use of funds by political parties must be exercised justly, fairy, honestly, and, above all, rationally in order to build viable and democratic institutions.
In Africa, the holding of regular elections has in most cases failed to translate to democracy and peacebuilding. For instance since 2000 Zimbabweans have experienced five national elections.
With the world population having more women than men, it should be clear that with the right political environment women should gain more public elections for government.
Zimbabwe has joined 30 countries worldwide that have used a special electoral quota system to increase women’s political participation to at least 30 percent of the Members of Parliament.
How far has the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission gone in implementing recommendations from the last elections? How is the biometric voter registration system going to work?
l suggest that a strategic alliance under one presidential candidate and vigorous campaigning in Zanu PF strongholds may bring desired results for the opposition.
Last week the President Robert Mugabe’s government announced that it was taking over the procurement process effectively disallowing UNDP the right to source the BVR kits.