via MDC-T, Zanu-PF Clash Over Passing of Electoral Bill VOA 04.06.2014
Zimbabwe’s parliament has passed the Electoral Amendment Bill amid concerns that the amendments don’t go far enough to guarantee free and fair elections.
The opposition MDC-T accuses Zanu PF of fast-tracking the bill, saying the ruling party seeks to, among other issues, re-introduce postal voting, bar Zimbabweans in the diaspora from voting, legalize the use of voter registration slips and deny automatic access to the voters’ roll.
Amendments were pushed through parliament using ruling Zanu PF’s parliamentary majority. The new constitution requires lawmakers to hold public outreach meetings before a bill is signed into law.
Zanu PF insists that all procedures were followed when the bill was brought before the Senate and House of Assembly.