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Zimbabwe Election Watch (2005)

Zimbabwe Election Watch - Issue 4

Jun 27, 2013 - Comments: 0
ZEC Zimbabwe Voter Registration billboard

In Zimbabwe Election Watch Issue 3 we discussed The President's controversial decision to set the election date for the next harmonised polls by invoking Presidential Powers, and in so doing by-passing discussion with his partners in the Global Political Agreement (GPA). Constitutional experts have noted that the new constitution does not permit the President to invoke the Presidential Powers Emergency Act in relation to electoral law.

Zimbabwe Election Watch - Issue 3

Jun 06, 2013 - Comments: 1
Simba Makoni, Morgan Tsvangirai, Dumiso Dabengwa

Zimbabwe Election Watch Issue 3 is written in the wake of a Constitutional Court ruling handed down on 31 May which compels the President to hold elections before 31 July 2013. This ZEW summary focuses primarily on the ensuing issues raised by the ruling. How the various parties respond to the ruling will have consequences for clauses in the SADC electoral guidelines. Two of these are of particular concern to election weary and violence wary ordinary Zimbabweans: in particular, 4.1.1 compelling governments to protect the constitutional and legal guarantees of freedom and rights of the citizens, and 4.1.2 asking governments to provide a conducive environment for free, fair and peaceful elections.

Zimbabwe Election Watch - Issue 1

Apr 18, 2013 - Comments: 0
Beatrice Mtetwa exiting a police vehicle

We are launching Zimbabwe Election Watch 2013 on Independence Day. Zimbabwe Election Watch (ZEW) continues Sokwanele's tradition of monitoring elections against the 'SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections'. This project follows immediately on from Zimbabwe Referendum Watch, where we monitored the conditions in the country against the SADC standards in advance of the constitutional referendum. The SADC guidelines were adopted by the SADC leaders on 17th August 2004 in Mauritius and Zimbabwe is a signatory to the benchmark principles. Monitoring for ZEW Issue 1 began on 17 March 2013, the day after the constitution referendum was held - a peaceful day, considered very successful compared to previous recent Zimbabwean elections. But 17 March signalled the start of 'election season proper': Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominent human rights lawyer in Zimbabwe, was arrested, allegedly for obstructing the police.



View breaches of regional election standards, recorded and mapped as part of the Zimbabwe Election Watch (ZEW) project.

ZEW documents

SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections (SADC)

Zimbabwe Electoral Legislation: Check List against the SADC Principles Governing Democratic Elections (Sokwanele)

CheckList for Free & Fair Elections: Internationally Recognised Checklist for Election Assessment (ZESN)


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3. View each SADC article, listing all associated events identified as breaches.

ZEW top breaches

Article 4.1.2: 195 breaches
Article 7.4: 168 breaches
Article 2.1.3: 153 breaches
Article 4.1.1: 129 breaches
Article 7.8: 125 breaches