Local organisation Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) has experessed concern over the increase in cases of voter intimidation in Mwenezi East constitutency. Opposition party supporters are the main targets ahead of the by-election which is scheduled for the 8th of April. HZT has called on the government to investigate the cases an d ensure an even playing field.
Part of the HZT reports:
Heal Zimbabwe notes that such practices and threats ahead of the by election, are a total disregard of constitutional provision 67 which provides for political rights. The said provision states that “every citizen has the right to form, join and to participate in the activities of a political party of their choice”. Section 156 of the constitution also compel Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to eliminate electoral violence and other electoral malpractices.
As a result of the above issues, Heal Zimbabwe also implores the Government and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to ensure a fair playing field ahead of the by-election. This, therefore, involves ZEC ensuring that it investigates incidences of intimidation by political players ahead of the election and take necessary measures to guarantee a level electoral playing field.
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