ERC escalates the issue of electoral reforms in the region

As Zimbabwe heads towards yet another General Election in less than 12 months, the ERC successfully escalated the electoral reform issue at the regional level and opened up avenues that will allow continuous engagement with solution holders ahead of the 2018 harmonised election. Further, the ERC managed to put back the Zimbabwe electoral discourse on the regional radar. Considering that the forthcoming Zimbabwean elections come in the wake of outstanding irregularities as raised by regional and local observers such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union, and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), based on observations from the 2013 elections where issues around violence and intimidation, media coverage, political environment, freedom of association and assembly were noted, the ERC saw it fit to approach SADC and ensure it follows through its unfinished business on Zimbabwe. In that light, the ERC deployed a delegation to the SADC People’s Summit alongside other civic society organisations such as Heal Zimbabwe Trust, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, ZimRights and the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) in South Africa and managed to conduct regional advocacy meetings with highly influential South African individuals who committed to follow up on the Zimbabwe question and push for peaceful, free, fair and credible elections in 2018.