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THE National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) Thursday said they were approaching the courts to seek for an order to instruct government to avail resources to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, (ZEC) so that it implements electoral reforms.

This comes after ZEC and opposition political parties on Monday failed to agree on key electoral reforms most of which the Rita Makarau-led electoral body said were not possible because of lack of funding.

ZEC also said it was not possible for them to register Zimbabweans in the Diaspora for the 2018 elections because of the same reason.

This week more than 20 #Tajamuka social movement activists failed to register as voters at ZEC’s Machipisa district offices where they had gone to test government’s preparedness for the exercise. Tajamuka said its members were referred to the city centre for the voters’ registration process.

In a statement on Thursday, NERA said they had no choice but to take ZEC to the courts for “denying” citizens their democratic right to participate in the country’s electoral system.

“NERA and the citizens of Zimbabwe have had enough of the excuses, enough is enough, and rule of law must be respected. NERA strongly reminds ZEC to serve citizens in a manner that is lawful and fair,” said the statement. 

It added, “The questions which remain glaring are can ZEC be trusted to complete any electoral task and furthermore can ZEC be trusted to complete any electoral task correctly.”

NERA said they were further going to push for the disbandment of ZEC because of their incompetence.

“ZEC must also understand that it is not fiscally responsible for the Zimbabwean tax payer to continue to accommodate payroll for an incompetent and ineffective agency; so, it is only prudent that ZEC immediately be disbanded as there can only be room on the payroll for competent workers.

“Based on ZEC’s performance or should we say lack of performance and ZEC's own declaration of its shortcomings the dutiful and legally acceptable way to go would be for ZEC to declare itself incompetent and disband immediately to pave way for a neutral and Competent Electoral Commission which is focused honoring the rights of the Citizens and not the needs of Zanu PF,” said NERA.




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