rita makarau.jpgThe Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson, Justice Rita Makarau has underscored that the Constitution of Zimbabwe and electoral laws provide a comprehensive legal framework for the prevention, management and peaceful resolution of electoral dispute.

She said this in Nyanga during an election dispute resolution mechanisms workshop.

A high level workshop on strengthening electoral dispute resolution in Zimbabwe brought together representatives of political parties, civic society and several government representatives as part of the broader process to create a free, fair and credible election process in Nyanga.

The process is also aimed at enhancing the development of democracy and credible elections, ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections.

Addressing participants the chairperson of the ZEC underscored the need for all political parties and other relevant stakeholders to pre-empty all the contentious electoral issues and devise means to peacefully resolve them.

A representative of the Embassy for Switzerland, Dr Nicholas de Torrente commended the ZEC for taking a bold step in bringing all the various stakeholders together.

Speaking at the same occasion the director for the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa amid the call by the ZEC chairperson, Justice Makarau for political parties and other key stakeholders to pre-empty all contentious electoral issues and devise means to engage peacefully.