Opposition starts petition against Govt’s takeover of BVR kits procurement, petition to be handed over to SADC

Opposition parties under the National Electoral Agency (NERA) banner have started a petition against Government’s decision to takeover the procurement of Biometric Voter Registration kits from UNDP. The petition will be handed over to SADC by Transform Zimbabwe once it reaches 100 signatures. You can sign the petition HERE

The parties acknowledge SADC’s lackluster approach to dealing with Zimbabwe but state that petitioning the regional body is an act of international protocol so they have to appeal to them first. In their appeal to SADC they state that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has:

1.Failed to begin Voter education and Registration
2.Has stated they do not have the necessary financial backing to afford FREE and Fair elections for Zimbabweans
3.ZEC has stopped engaging Opposition Stakeholders regarding matters affecting elections. ZEC has cancelled the last two meeting with opposition Stakeholders.
4.ZEC has gone back on its agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the UNDP to acquire the Biometric Voter Registration System. Instead ZEC has opted to have ZANU PF government purchase the system.
5.ZEC has demonstrated they are NOT A None Partisan independent organisation but rather they are given and follow instructions from the ZANU PF government thus rendering them an unconstitutional Body

They appeal to SADC to:

1.Hold the ZANU PF government accountable to the SADC electoral principles which all SADC member countries agreed to and that other member countries have already implemented

2.We are further appealing to SADC TO NOT block any attempts by other members of the International community to Hold the ZANU PF government accountable.

3.We are appealing SADC to intervene to ensure elections are held Freely and Peacefully

4.We appealing for SADC to demand AN Electoral Commission in Zimbabwe that is free of State influence, that can afford all Citizens the right to vote and that can conduct Free and Fair Election

5.We are appealing to SADC to give the ZANU PF a deadline by which to ensure all SADC principles and constitutional laws are abided by ZEC and the ZANU PF government

6.We are appealing to SADC to give the ZANU PF government a deadline by which to provide adequate funding to ZEC so that ZEC can afford ALL citizens FREE and FAIR elections. In the event ZANU PF cannot provide adequate and timely Funding we are then appealing to SADC to ensure that ZANU PF allows an independent body to facilitate elections in Zimbabwe

7.We are appealing that SADC ensures that ZEC respects the original agreement with UNDP to purchase the Biometric Voter Registration

8.We are appealing that SADC ensures the ZANU PF stops intimidation and violence towards oppositions and citizens supporting opposition.

9.ZEC has now announced that some Israeli Companies are now part of the companies who may provide Biometric Kits. NIKUV an Israeli Company that was involved in the rigging of 2013 election. We strongly urge SADC to engage the Israeli government in this matter.

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