Stakeholders in Gwanda say there is need to make changes on some the provisions of the Electoral Bill, which tend to hinder prospective voters from registering.

This came out during public consultations on the Electoral Amendment Bill and Insolvency Bill conducted by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs in Gwanda today.

The Electoral Amendment Bill as well other issues pertaining to the electoral process dominated discussions during a public hearing.

The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Ms Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga began by unpacking the sections of the Electoral Act that seek to be amended.

In their submissions, the participants noted that the requirement for prospective voters to produce proof of residents should be scrapped.

Others highlighted the importance for all Zimbabweans within and outside the country  to be afforded the opportunity to vote.

The stakeholders also discussed the repealing of Insolvency Act to pave way for a new piece of legislation that will promote the ease of doing business.

Creating a condusive environment for investment is fully supported by all Zimbabweans, noted the participants.

The public hearings that are being supported by the Southern African Support Trust are part of efforts by the parliament to ensure that Zimbabweans participate in the legislative process.