Zanu-PF Urges Govt To Align Electoral Act With Constitutional Provisions On Gender Equality

Addressing the Zimbabwe Gender Commission second national gender forum in Bulawayo on Wednesday, Zanu-PF Secretary for Legal Affairs Paul Mangwana said his party is in the process of advocating for the amendment of the Electoral Act to align it with constitutional provisions on gender equality.

He said there should be legislation to compel political parties to meet the 50% gender representation before they are registered. Said Mangwana:

We are going to advocate for the amendment of the Electoral Act which will compel all political parties to be sensitive to gender parity in their structures before registering as a political party. All political parties must meet the expected 50 percent gender representation. We are aware that there is a 30 percent recommendation of women representation in our national policies, which makes it optional for political parties to adhere to. There is no legal frame work that hold political parties accountable.

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