Elections 2023 Webinar Series: Policy Brief No. 3 2023 What is the Role of International Observers in the Forthcoming Elections in Zimbabwe?

The big question that has been raised in this and previous Policy Dialogues on elections is whether there is any value in observing elections when it is evident that all the signs are that the process is deeply flawed prior to the polling. This policy dialogue explores how Zimbabwe has fared with international observers since the 2000 elections and how the 2023 elections could provide prospect for a democratic transition.

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Voting in 2023: Can anyone predict the outcome?

This opinion piece explores how recent opinion polls conducted by the Afrobarometer in 2022, and those by the Pan African Forum Limited and the Brenthurst Foundation in 2023 reflect the voice and will of Zimbabwean citizens. It submits that predicting the outcome of elections is generally a very difficult exercise even in many developed countries, but, in Zimbabwe, it seems well-nigh impossible providing empirical evidence to support the argument.

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Policy Brief: Is Election Violence in 2023 increasing ahead of the Poll?

This policy briefing investigates whether electoral violence is on the rise as the nation gets closer to the 2023 harmonized elections. Given that elections are the most visible expression of democracy, polling day presents an opportunity for the legal contestation of political power. In this regard, there is a need to ensure free and fair elections. On the contrary. the policy briefing points to a possibility of severe violence in the 2023 elections reaching the levels of the 2002 and 2008 elections.

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Unpacking Organized Violence in Elections in Zimbabwe: A Case Study of Mutasa South & Central Constituencies By-Elections, March 2022

This report analyzes by-elections that were held on March 26, 2022, in Mutasa South Constituency and Ward 15 Bethania in Mutasa Central. The study investigates and characterizes the degree to which organized violence had a role in influencing the result of the Mutasa South Constituency House of Assembly election and Ward 15 Local Government election.

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Social Capital and Active Citizenship in Zimbabwean Youth: A Statistical Study

This study explores social capital and active citizenship in Zimbabwean Youth ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections. It concludes that youth participation in public meetings, political meetings and other democratic platforms is generally low. The report also reveals that, rural youths have more social capital and are more free to express themselves as compared to their urban counterparts.

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Women need training on the effective use of new technologies to influence gender-sensitive societies in as much as they require knowledge on the misuse of social media to the detriment of gender equality.

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Delimitation and the Voters’ Roll: How is the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Performing?

This policy brief revisits these principles and analyses to what extent ZEC conformed to regional and international best practices in delivering the draft Delimitation report, as well as to what extent will the report meet the requirement for Inclusion, one of the key pillars in ensuring that the citizenry will participate in free and fair elections.

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Derek Anton Matyszak obituary: Speaking truth to power

Derek was an activist at heart and believed in the power of the law to protect civil and political

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