The Election Resource Centre (ERC) acknowledges the resignation of President of Zimbabwe, Mr Robert Mugabe. While Zimbabweans celebrate this new development they should not lose sight of the inevitability of an election that must ultimately result in a democratic government which remains the only constitutional method that allows citizens to choose their preferred leaders. The ERC insists that a smooth transition must be characterized by a clear road map towards democratic elections in Zimbabwe. ERC calls upon any future authorities to focus on:
- Strengthening state institutions such as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission and the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
- Immediate alignment of electoral laws with the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
- Creation of a secure political environment that allows citizens to freely express themselves.
Only then can the current transition truly benefit Zimbabweans who have been yearning to freely express themselves in democratic processes without fear or favor. Zimbabweans must not only register to vote in the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration process but continuously engage and hold those in authority accountable.
About the Election Resource Centre
Established in 2010, the Election Resource Centre (ERC) in a think tank and advocacy organisation on electoral and democracy issues in Zimbabwe. ERC focusses on three broad objectives, namely to create a conscious and responsible citizen who participates effectively in democratic and electoral processes; influence transparency, credibility and inclusiveness in electoral processes; and provide evidence based analysis for effective civic and policy engagement initiatives on democracy and elections. ERC’s mission is to provide credible information, strategic services and deliberative platforms to improve the quality of democracy and elections in Zimbabwe.
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