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Makarau says the country’s electoral laws affect Zec’s ability to deliver credible polls

Speaking at a Zec chairperson’s forum media engagement meeting, Justice Rita Makarau said the country’s electoral laws are so weak that they affect the election management body’s ability to effectively deal with electoral malpractices.

She also said that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has no power to deal with issues such as media bias, violence and vote-buying, citing an example of how the commission could not deal with the violence which characterised the Norton by-election last month.

There have been calls by a group of opposition political parties under the banner of National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) to amend electoral laws so that they can deliver fair and credible polls. Nera, among others, has also been calling for Justice Makarau to quit, saying her roles as both Zec boss and Judicial Service Commission secretary posed a serious conflict of interest but she has said she will continue to serve in both positions.

More: NewsDay

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