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Zim opposition vows to intensify calls for electoral reforms

16 August 2016, 08:04

Harare – Zimbabwe's opposition political parties have vowed to intensify calls for electoral reforms ahead of the 2018 polls, a report said on Monday.

According to NewsDay, the opposition parties, through their New Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera), said that their patience was "running out" and that they would use various channels to ensure that the reforms were implemented before the elections.

Former finance minister, now leader of the People’s Democratic Party, Tendai Biti, said that they were ready to take the government to the Constitutional Court to ensure that the reforms were implemented. 

Some of the demands made by the opposition parties included allowing the country's citizens in the diaspora to participate in the vote. 

They also wanted the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to introduce the biometric vote, and to allow the United Nation to run the elections. 

Furthermore, according to Movement for Democratic Change spokesperson Obert Gutu, a sustained campaign on electoral reforms would help the country to have undisputed elections results.

The Daily News previously reported that at least 10 opposition parties were signatories to the electoral reforms in June.

The report claimed that after signing Nera, the opposition parties vowed to hold a series of demonstrations to force President Robert Mugabe’s government to implement the reforms.




- News 24


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