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Chamisa Launches Electoral Reforms Blueprint

Opposition Citizens Coalition for Change president Nelson Chamisa has launched his party’s electoral reform blue print dubbed PREPARE which he says will focus on the creation of a conducive environment for the holding of free and fair elections.

Launching the seven electoral reform demands in Harare on Thursday, Chamisa said the Pre-election Pact on Electoral Reforms, will be a politically negotiated process that is non-partisan.

“This document we are launching today is our humble submission to the ongoing discourse on what needs to be corrected to conduce the environment for elections in our country. The liberation struggle which is our struggle was a collective quest to create a nation that is founded upon the people’s sovereignty and the time tested principle of one man one vote our forbearers, mothers and fathers sacrificed life to birth this wonderful and great nation where the right of every citizen the right to vote and self-determination is guaranteed.

“We need accountability, we need independence and that has to be a product of a political process and this is our clarion call it’s going to be a politically negotiated processes in the past but we still are confident that nation building is not a solo affair, is not a partisan affair we need to bring all the key stakeholders together to fashion the common way forward together and bring back independence and professionalism to courts,” said Chamisa.

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He said despite the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and the judiciary falling under the Ministry of Justice, the fight for electoral reforms will not be easy but achievable.

“Chambers of justice must be de-contaminated and be pure in dispensing justice to all the citizens, to inspire confidence among the citizens because their authority is actually derived authority from us the citizens so it’s something that is achievable and it will part of the political process.

“This is not a partisan thing, it’s not a CCC thing but it’s a national issue, elections are not a party affair we are not talking about primary or internal elections we are talking about national elections so it’s not about political parties but it’s about all of us as stakeholders coming together to find a common way forward, it’s not an easy fight but it’s a fight that has to be won,” he said.

The seven electoral reform areas for dialogue that CCC is calling for are the right to vote, credibility of the voters roll, real time and credible results management and transmission system, integrity of election processes, Political freedoms and media access and security of the vote and the voter.

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