The Speaker of Parliament Hon Advocate Jacob Mudenda has challenged Parliament to come up with a new Electoral law in two months to guarantee public trust among the electorate as the nation gears up for the 2023 elections.
Speaking at an all stakeholders conference on electoral reforms in Kadoma today, Adv Mudenda said there is need to expedite electoral law reforms in-order to enhance credibility during elections.
“Let’s have a time frame of two months to come up with a new Electoral Law in place. This has an impact for those who want to invest or bring money into the country.
“It will guarantee public trust among the electorate as the nation gears up for the 2023 elections.”
Speaker Mudenda said there is need for the Minister of Justice Ziyambi Ziyambi to immediately table a Bill that repeal the current electoral law.
The conference organised by SAPST and supported by USAID is bringing together key stakeholders in ventilating the democratic electoral process. The conference is a result of the Zimbabwe Elections Support Network (ZESN) petition to Parliament which raised a number of pertinent issues with regards to electoral reforms.
The conference is being attended by Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Justice Priscillia Chigumba, Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) CEO Dr Tafataona Mahoso, Zimbabwe Gender Commission chairperson Mrs Sangarwe, Zimbabwe Republic Police Deputy Commissioner General Mr Ncube and the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
The two day conference will set a positive tone for discussions around electoral reform based, not just on the ZESN petition, but also on the submissions from the Electoral Management Body (ZEC), given their experiences in the 2018 electoral processes.