ZANU-PF amends poll law

via ZANU-PF amends poll law | The Financial Gazette  12 Dec 2013

LESS than six months after its victory in the July 31 polls, the ZANU-PF government has come up with an amendment to the Electoral Act.With ZANU-PF firmly in control after garnering over two thirds majority in the last poll, the ruling party is now unrestrained in making laws to suit its own devices.

For the first time since 2007, ZANU-PF is revising the law that governs the conduct of elections in the country without having to consult its main rivals.

Zimbabwe went for the 2008 elections and this year’s polls with a negotiated Electoral Act, even though the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formations had reservations over a handful of clauses.

An amendment to the Electoral Act is one of the Bills in the government’s immediate plans and it has since been sent for printing after which it would be gazetted and brought to Parliament.

“Title of Bill: Electoral Amendment Bill; Ministry, Justice; Bill number H.B, 2013; status of Bill — sent to printers 04/12/13,” read the status of the proposed legislation as of yesterday. Also on government’s priority list is  the Biological and Toxin Weapons Crimes Bill and the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Zimbabwe Bill.

The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Emmerson Mnangagwa was not immediately available to explain what the objective of the electoral law amendment was, but the secretary for legal affairs in the Welshman Ncube-led MDC, David Coltart said the amendments might see the enactment of electoral regulations effected by the incumbent in the run up to the July polls through the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Act.

When the regulations were introduced by decree, ZANU-PF’s rivals protested saying they should have come through Parliament.

They argued that the use of a Presidential proclamation to introduce laws violated the principle of separation of powers.

Regulations introduced through Presidential powers fall away if they are not confirmed by Parliament within six months, making the latest amendments imperative.

However, Coltart expressed fears that in addition to addressing the issues covered by Presidential edict, ZANU-PF may as well introduce other fresh issues to the elections law.

“They are obliged to do so because just before elections President Mugabe used Presidential powers to bring regulations and they last for six months. We complained at the time that he was not empowered to do so, but the point is he did use them,” said Coltart.

“They may as well introduce other issues because they have absolute control of Parliament; the only thing is that they have to make it in line with the new Constitution that is the only limitation.”

When asked if they had been consulted, MDC-T secretary for legal affairs Innocent Gonese quipped: “What consultations? We are no longer in the inclusive government and consultations are done in Cabinet.”



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    Peter tosh 10 years ago

    We wait and see if they can amend the death law. Their graves are waiting for them, these devils.

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    I can guarantee that zanu will only introduce dictorial changes

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    nyati 10 years ago

    You are not created with fear/timidity inside you. Be f courage, be strong. God’s time is near.

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    Yes! Fear is not of the Lord s He has not given us a spirit of fear but a spirit of love, power and sound mind.

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    Yes it is about time we brought God into the situation…Prov 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING!

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      How many roads must a man walk down
      Before you call him a man?
      How many seas must a white dove sail
      Before she sleeps in the sand?
      Yes, how many times must the cannon balls fly
      Before they’re forever banned?
      The answer my friend is blowing in the wind
      The answer is blowing in the wind.

      Yes, how many years can a mountain exist
      Before it’s washed to the sea?
      Yes, how many years can some people exist
      Before they’re allowed to be free?
      Yes, how many times can a man turn his head
      Pretending he just doesn’t see?
      The answer my friend is blowing in the wind
      The answer is blowing in the wind.

      Yes, how many times must a man look up
      Before he can really see the sky?
      Yes, how many ears must one man have
      Before he can hear people cry?
      Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows
      That too many people have died?
      The answer my friend is blowing in the wind
      The answer is blowing in the wind.

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        woosafoolinawho 10 years ago

        Robert Zimmerman asked those questions 50 odd years ago.. and the answers to those questions are.. ‘blowing in the wind..’

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    chilimanzi 10 years ago

    Just take the bull by its horns its not going to be made easier either.

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    Africa Power 10 years ago

    Just wait and see above al there is almight God