Majority Of Ordinary Citizens Do Not Believe That Govt, Zec Are Sincere About Free, Fair Elections: Churches Survey

A survey conducted by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has revealed that majority of people do not trust the government and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to conduct a free, fair and credible election. The survey which is titled, “2018 Harmonised elections: Prospects for democratic transition in Zimbabwe,” was conducted between March and April this year. Part of the survey reads:

While the president and government have made pronouncements towards reassuring people of the government’s commitment to free and fair elections, the response from this survey suggests that ordinary citizens doubt the sincerity of the pronouncements. Only 42% of the respondents indicated that the government has taken significant steps to ensure that the elections are free, fair and credible. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of the respondents indicated that the politicians always manipulate the electoral system to their advantage.

…Only 36% have confidence that the ZEC performs its functions independently, professionally and impartially. (At least) 59% of registered voters interviewed believe that ZEC works with certain parties and officials to rig results in different places around the country…This reinforces the perception that ZEC is partial to a certain political party

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