July 2018

GN 2018 - 370B - ZEC Notice fixing 29th May 2018 as the Date on which the New BVR Voters Roll Became the Definitive Voters Roll

Section 36A(2)(a) of the Electoral Act provides that when a new voters roll is produced after the conclusion of a new registration of voters, the new roll will, with effect from such date as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission [ZEC] must fix by notice in the Gazette, be the definitive voters roll on the basis of which the continuous registration of voters in terms of section 17A shall be conducted.

A new registration of voters was ordered by SI 109/2017 and launched on 14th September 2017.

ELECTION WATCH 34-2018 - Presidential Ballot Paper

ELECTION WATCH 34/2018

18th July 2018

Presidential Ballot Paper

It appears that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission [ZEC] has printed presidential ballot papers with the presidential candidates listed in alphabetical order in two columns.  The President’s name, which would be towards the middle of a single column, heads the second column.

What the Electoral Act and Regulations say about the Form of Ballot Papers

ELECTION WATCH 33-2018 - Update on Veritas Transparency Case

ELECTION WATCH 33/2018

18th July 2018

Update on Veritas Case for More Electoral Transparency

Transparency Necessary for Verifiability

Our new President has promised Zimbabweans and the international community that the impending elections will be “free and fair”.  The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission [ZEC] has promised to deliver free and fair elections.

Election Watch 31 - 2018 - Postal Voting

ELECTION WATCH 31/2018

16th July 2018

Postal Voting

Reports of police officers in Bulawayo casting postal votes under the watchful eyes of their superior officers have raised questions about the postal voting system.  In this Election Watch we shall explain how the system is supposed to work.  We shall also explain that there are differences between how postal voting is done in this election and how it used to be done.

Election Watch 29-2018 - ZEC Gazettes Errors & Omissions in List of Nominated Candidates

ELECTION WATCH 29/2018

9th July 2018

Correction of Omissions and Errors in ZEC’s First Lists of Nominated Candidates

The Acting Chief Elections Officer of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission [ZEC] has published two General Notices [GNs] correcting omissions from and errors in the lists gazetted on 22nd June in GNs 411 and 412.  The effect of these corrections is summarised below.

GN 2018 - 431 Designation of Trial Magistrates for Politically Motivated Violence and Intimidation Cases

IT is hereby notified that the Judicial Service Commission has, in terms of section 133J(3) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13], designated the magistrates listed in the Schedule below to try cases of politically motivated violence and intimidation in the provinces under which their names appear before, during and after the harmonised elections for President, Members of the National Assembly and Councillors scheduled to take place on Monday 30th July, 2018.

Insolvency Act, 2018

To provide for the administration of insolvent and assigned estates and the consolidation of Insolvency legislation in Zimbabwe; to repeal the Insolvency Act [Chapter 6:04] and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.
ENACTED by the Parliament and the President of Zimbabwe.

STATEMENT ON ALLEGATIONS AGAINST NGOs

Veritas deplores the hate speech and the toxic divisiveness that has erupted in the news media and social media over accusations made against some prominent NGOs.

It is most unfortunate that this has happened just before elections, when not only the NGOs concerned but all civil society fear that their role in monitoring and promoting free and fair elections and assisting victims of election-based violence may be jeopardised.

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