Reports

Elections 2023 Webinar Series Policy Brief No.2 An acceptable election in Zimbabwe: What Lessons from Kenya & the Gokwe-Kabuyuni By-Election?


This policy brief covers a comparison of the Kenyan elections and the Gokwe-Kabuyuni By-Election. The webinar from this policy brief is focused on assessing whether conditions in Zimbabwe, that lead to free and fair elections, are evident from the comparative analysis. As discussed in an earlier policy brief free and fair elections are measured against five pillars notably Information, Inclusion, Insulation, Integrity, and Irreversibility. It concludes that Kenya provides a good model for Zimbabwe, particularly because of the strength of the formal institutions. On the other hand, the Gokwe-Kabuyuni by-elections showed the pillars are very weak in Zimbabwe.

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Organised Violence and Torture In Zimbabwe Since 2019.


This report examines Organised Violence and Torture OVT occurrence since the publication of the previous report. The report derived the data from several sources, predominantly the data in the Armed Conflict Local Event Database (ACLED) and the data from the reports of the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP).

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Statement on the International Day of Democracy


Zimbabweans desire for democracy is matched by their rejection of authoritarian forms of government. Most (77%) reject the notion of one-party government, military rule (84%), and one-man rule (87%).

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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.

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Political participation by young women in the 2018 elections: Pre-election report


This report observes a large increase in the number of young women that registered to vote in 2018, probably a very significant improvement in the rate of young women voting relative to the number eligible to vote compared with previous elections. The report also notes that views about the PhD (Pull her Down) syndrome, effects of culture and the views that older women seem to be doing little or nothing to encourage young women’s participation need to be taken very seriously.

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Sold to the highest bidder – the role of lobola in modern Zimbabwe


Commercialisation of lobola has seen a rise in practices that stifle women’s voices and bargain in marriage. This has rendered them subservient to their husbands as society expects them to suffer in silence.

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2013 VISION – SEEING DOUBLE AND THE DEAD A PRELIMINARY AUDIT OF ZIMBABWE’S VOTERS’ ROLL


The voters’ roll is an essential document in electoral processes, in this regard, this report explores how discrepancies in the voters’ roll disadvantage voters and underplay democracy if it is not accurate and up to date. An incomplete voters’ roll may disenfranchise those who might otherwise be entitled to vote while an inflated voters’ roll containing duplicate entries, names of persons who have emigrated, or of dead voters, lends itself to electoral fraud…

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RAU Statement on the death of Dr. Alex Magaisa.


RAU Statement on the death of Dr. Alex Magaisa is a must read!

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