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Zimbabwe Election Watch - Issue 2

May 15, 2013 - Comments: 1
A woman waits to obtain her national identity card during a voter registration drive in Harare May 9, 2013

Issue 2 of Zimbabwe Election Watch (ZEW) continues monitoring elections against the 'SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections'. ZEW 2013 has so far recorded 523 breaches of the guidelines since the start of monitoring. Of these, the Zanu PF party is accountable for 510 breaches, MDC-T for 28, and MDC for 12. This issue focus on ongoing problems with voter registration, and also highlights reports of political intimidation in local communities. It focuses especially on how the conditions on the ground are negatively influenced by an overtly partisan security sector.

Wounds: open, closed and healed

Mar 21, 2013 - Comments: 0

Zimbabwe is probably unique among nations in having not just one but three government ministers responsible for “national healing”.  This should be a hopeful indicator that wounds suffered will not be left to fester any longer –but the “organ” which they administer has so far failed to find a viable means to make progress to that end.  Even the mandate of the Organ of National Healing was subject to acrimonious political dispute, as there was no genuine agreement on how recent a wound needed to be to qualify for healing.