Electoral Amendment Bill sails through without public input

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THE Electoral Amendment Bill sailed through the National Assembly yesterday without amendment after Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa quashed all public views brought to the House by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs.

VENERANDA LANGA
SENIOR PARLIAMENTARY REPORTER

Mnangagwa though said his ministry had no objection in Parliament conducting public hearings before Bills were passed, but suggested that Parliament should explore other means of collecting views such as using their Website.

He also suggested that it was imperative for Bills to be translated into indigenous languages and that Parliament should consider introducing a department of translators to do the job.

While responding to suggestions by the public and the committee chaired by Harare West MP Jessie Majome (MDC-T), Mnangagwa said voter registration would remain constituency-based and proof of residence was essential in voter registration to enable the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to strategically place polling stations and avert electoral fraud and double voting.

“Introduction of electronic voting is perceived as an infallible system, but what you are crying for is a system that can be hacked into, for example, in Kenya the system failed,” Mnangagwa said.

“To say that civil servants who are affiliated to a political party should not serve in the electoral process (Zec) is against the Constitution which says there should be freedom of association and we cannot deprive them of the right to affiliate to a political party of their choice, and it is not an offence for civil servants to belong to a political party – but it is an offence if civil servants act in a partisan manner.”

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  3. i have seen that mnangagwa has decided to allow again, the use of voting slips in his bill which are credited for giving zanu pf a landslide victory last year.i think he should have presented a fair bill because one never knows who could be in opposition next, considering the complexities now associated with the succession race in his party.

  4. mnangagwa returning voters slips will work against you next time when you will be contesting against mai mujuru,you just think all laws should be against mdc.you should have learnt from johno and his aippa.

    • this kind of arrogance is in-speakable and find it infuriating for someone to suggest that the public should not contribute to policy formulation. He talks about websites which are equally not working as those of ZEC whenever important information is required. Your day will come when you are no long in power come rain come thunder.

  5. Mnangagwa is one very dull lawyer. He says parliament will conduct public hearings on the Electoral Amendment Bill and in the same breath goes on to state how voter registration will be conducted. Can he not for us to speak for ourselves and air out our own views? And how many people have access to internet Cde Minister or are you deliberately trying to shut out a portion of the electrorate? And who is going to do the auditing of what people would have expressed on that website?

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