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Amendments to the Electoral Act commendable

Following the proposed amendments to the Electoral Act that will be tabled before parliament next week, Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) acknowledges and supports efforts towards a credible election.

 

According to recent reports, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has proposed to amend Section 22A to allow ZEC to establish more polling stations in an area that has a large voter population. The other amendment is with regard to Section 26A of the Electoral Act on the closure of the voters’ roll so that it (voter’ roll) is closed on the Proclamation Day as opposed to 12 days after Nomination Day.

Section 49 of the Electoral Act – on the withdrawal of candidates to provide a cut off time when a candidate can withdraw his or her candidacy- is also set to be reviewed.

In addition to the above, there are suggestions to amend Section 59 of the Electoral Act on assisted voters, to allow visually impaired voters to be assisted by a person of their choice without the presiding officer necessarily being present.

WILD supports the amendments to the Electoral Act meant to align issues on voter registration to the constitution and continues to encourage citizens to register to vote in preparation for voter’s roll inspection. Voter inspection will allow citizens to check whether their names are correctly captured and registered under the polling stations of their choice.

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