Opposition parties want UN & AU to establish independent electoral body, say ZEC should be disbanded

Newly formed Zimbabwe National Electoral Reform Agenda (ZINERA), a modification of 17 political parties under the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA), has approached the Southern African Development Committee (SADC), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) seeking the establishment of an independent international body to run 2018 harmonised elections.

Speaking at a political interface meeting, Tendai Biti, said:


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Our committee on the international relations has started making rounds in the embassies pressing and stressing a point on that reform.

ZEC is a captured institution and as a grouping we have made representations that the next election should be run through a conduit of a body put together by the SADC, AU and the UN.

The idea that an election can be run through a trusteeship is not new in Zimbabwe. In 1980 this country’s election was run through a trusteeship; so we are not asking for a reinvention of a wheel but we are asking for something that has precedents around the globe.

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Tendai Laxton Biti is a politician and currently one of the 3 Vice Presidents of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). He was elected the vice presidency in May 2019 at the MDC Congress. Biti is also one of Zimbabwe's most prominent lawyers. Biti is... Read More About Tendai Biti

The National Electoral Reform Agenda is a document that was initially signed by nine political parties which gave birth to the coalition of the same name. The document was signed on December 2, 2015. Read More About National Electoral Reform Agenda

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