Parliament resumes sitting on Tuesday 8 May following close to a month long break, with debate on the Electoral Amendment Bill tabled by Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi expected to take centre stage.
The Bill was supposed to be debated during the beginning of the month of April but was stalled because of various reasons.
He indicated that some of the Members who had proposed amendments to the proposed law were away on official business. He cited Hon Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC Mat South), who proposed several amendments, but was away on Parliament business.
Minister Ziyambi dodged the debate, with the majority of ZANU PF missing in the House amid reports they were campaigning for primary elections.
All the political parties represented in Parliament then agreed that they could only do justice to the Bill after completing their respective party primary elections.
The Electoral Amendment Bill (H. B. 6, 2017) was gazetted on September 18, 2017 and as part of its mandate, the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs considered the Bill.
In terms of Section 141(b) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, the Committee held public hearings and called for submissions from members of the public in November 2017.
The Bill seeks to introduce amendments that specifically deal with the voter registration process and the proposed amendments largely cater for the introduction of the Biometric Voters Registration (BVR) system. The amendments also seek to bring the relevant provisions of the Act in line with the letter and spirit of the electoral principles enunciated in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
Other Bills that are on the agenda in Parliament next week include Civil Aviation Amendment Bill, Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill and the Public Health Bill.