Electoral Resource Centre (ERC) director Tawanda Chimhini said Zimbabwe is still lagging behind in implementing electoral reforms which the opposition and civil society have been calling for since 2013.
Chimini made the remarks on 17 December 2019 while launching the fifth Electoral Reform Barometer (ERB) which he said would cover the period 2019 to 2024 election cycle in assessing performance related to strengthening of future electoral processes.
Beyond tracing performance on electoral reforms, the ERB is a reminder to election stakeholders, including the media that Zimbabwe has constitutional, regional and international obligations relating to the conduct of election.
“Zimbabwe has progressively improved in responding to electoral reforms although there are still some sticking points that needs to be worked on as required by the Constitution. Zimbabwe is the most responsive country in terms of electoral reforms as compare to other countries in the region,” he said.
Chimhini also touched on the issues of transparence and accountability as the main area that needs to be dealt with. He said the major political parties’ needs to be transparent to each other not to play hide and seek games.
“There has to be a collective approach to address the issue of inclusivity or dialogue because failure to do so we will also have the same problems that we suffered in the previous election that ended in courts,” he said.