An internationally acceptable election in Zimbabwe: Is this possible in the current political context.
This Policy Brief premiers a Dialogue Series on Zimbabwe’s preparedness for the forthcoming harmonised elections in 2023. It sets the pace for a series of discussions on the factors that enable credible, free, and fair electoral processes and outcomes in Zimbabwe. Thus, it introduces the essence of the basics of free and fair elections, including information, inclusiveness, insulation, integrity, and irreversibility, as well as other outstanding problems, such as ZEC independence. This report also includes the perspectives of notable Zimbabwean practitioners who say that the electoral deficit requires immediate repair. The report finds that without intentional and immediate improvements, the electoral process would remain ceremonial, contentious, and antithetical to Zimbabwe’s democratic objectives. The report suggests widening and deepening conversations about elections so that policymakers and stakeholders are forced to change the environment for the benefit of democratic governance.Read More