Lesotho’s snap general elections were historic in that more voters turned out that any previous election. However, the race to form a new government is obviously pitting once allies against each other.
Holding highly contestable and controversial elections in which the result has almost invariably been challenged and contested has created conflicts and undermined development in Zimbabwe.
The implications of the Lesotho snap general election are hard to exaggerate. They are the clearest example of the need for the regional body SADC to act to fix the political impasse.
The narrative concerning diaspora vote from government is nothing short of outrageous, selfishness, greed and unbridled individualism which have become the dominant threads in Zimbabwean politics.
There has been an increase of donations into arts-based programs in conflict zones and programs for persons whose lives have been disrupted by violence.
For election observers to effectively discharge their mandate, scholars and analysts are arguing for embracing of appropriate information communication technologies.
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.