chinamasa-patrick.jpgCabinet has endorsed the proposed amendments to the Electoral Act, which are expected to enhance the country’s electoral system by addressing challenges faced during the previous parliamentary, senatorial as well as presidential elections. 

 

The endorsement by Cabinet of the proposed amendments is expected to be followed by the drafting of the Electoral Act Bill, which should be tabled before parliament during the 2nd session. 

 

 
Addressing a media conference in the capital, Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa, who was accompanied by the recently sworn-in Deputy Minister, Advocate Obert Gutu, said some of the proposed amendments will cover issues to do with collation of results, announcement procedures, as well as the role of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). 

“The Cabinet Committee of Negotiators met to consider the amendments proposed by the Minister of Justice and made proposals for amendments to the Electoral Act additional to those of the minister. These proposals were endorsed by cabinet,” said Cde Chinamasa.

Some of the highlights of the proposed amendments include:

i) the restriction of postal voting to state employees outside the country,

ii) announcement of presidential results not later than five days from the day after the final date of voting,

iii)  the establishment of a Voter Polling Station Specific Voters Roll ,

iv)  the appointment by each political party of three persons to authorize the nominations of candidates,

v) declaration and announcement of election results as the duty of the Commission and not  political parties,,

vi) maintenance of the Electoral Act system which provides that the winner of  the Presidential election should win by majority rule,which is 50%+1, failing which there shall be a second election.
 
Under the  proposed amendments a special body will be set up to receive complaints of politically motivated violence while ZEC will be required to give information to all political parties regarding the number of ballots distributed to each polling station.