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Congratulations! Makorokoto ! Amhlope to ZESN on its 10th anniversary

Congratulations! Makorokoto ! Amhlope to ZESN on its 10th anniversary

The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition joins the Zimbabwe Elections Support Network (ZESN) in commemorating its 10th anniversary. The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition wishes to express its solidarity with ZESN and recognizes its relentless fight for democratic elections in Zimbabwe. We acknowledge ZESN's sterling work in exposing electoral malpractices over the past decade and in working with both State and non-State actors to ensure that the people of Zimbabwe are allowed to exercise their universal suffrage right to choose their own government in periodic free and fair elections.

The Coalition is however concerned with the failure by the Inclusive Government to create a conducive political environment that allows people to freely participate in national processes including elections. The violence and intimidation that was perpetrated with impunity by political party functionaries before and during the public consultations phase of the Constitution-making process point to the urgent need for institutional and legislative reforms before elections planned for 2011 are held.

The failure by government to dismantle the infrastructure of violence, including disbanding militia and vigilante groups, is serious cause for concern to peace-loving Zimbabweans. The Coalition advises the Inclusive Government to direct its efforts towards creating a conducive political environment that allows free political participation.

For the impending elections, The Coalition wishes to reiterate the following demands in order to facilitate the holding of a free, fair and democratic election;

1. The immediate dismantling of all infrastructure of violence and prosecution of all those implicated regardless of political affiliation. To this end, The Coalition calls for the recalling of all military personnel allegedly deployed in villages across the country.

2. The independence of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and reformation of the ZEC secretariat. The Coalition is concerned by reports that the State Intelligence agents are part of the ZEC Secretariat and are currently receiving training on how to manipulate the impending elections.

3. That ZEC be in charge of all electoral processes including voter registration and compilation of the voter's roll. The Registrar-General's office should not continue to be in charge of the voter's roll.

4. That media freedom be restored and guaranteed particularly the liberation of the state media and licensing of independent radio and television stations. The Coalition is appalled by the partisan abuse of the public broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) by certain political parties that are already playing jingles for campaigning purposes.

5. The early accreditation and safety of local and international observers. The international observers should be invited by all parties to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) no less than six (6) months before the election.

6. That the role of inviting and accrediting of all observers should fall under the election management body. The observers should have distinct regalia that cannot be accessed by other entities for preposterous reasons. The Coalition makes this specific demand because, in the past, there have been reports of some parties clothing their agents with election observer regalia to allow them to compile information on activities by CSOs and opposition activists for future reprisals by State security agents.

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Phillip Pasirayi

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