BY HARRIET CHIKANDIWA
THE Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) has urged government to implement more electoral reforms after the ratification of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG).
“As Zimbabwe readies for the 2023 harmonised elections, Zesn implores the government to implement electoral reforms in line with the dictates of the ACDEG,” Zesn said in a statement.
“In light of that, Zesn implores the government not to take the ratification of the charter as an end in itself but rather as a stepping stone for the implementation of electoral reforms and levelling of the electoral playing field.”
Zesn added: “Zesn also bemoans the use of hate speech, incitement, biased application of the law and unequal access to public media and calls on the government to implement a number of pertinent reforms as recommended by the 2018 local, regional and international observer missions related to the electoral architecture, the political environment and Zec operations.
“Zesn reiterates that the implementation of electoral reforms in the spirit of the ACDEG is necessary for enhancing and strengthening the quality of democracy, elections and ratification procedures for ACDEG by the government.”