Minimum conditions for elections: violence survivors

HEAL ZIMBABWE TRUST

Summary of minimum conditions for free and fair elections from the view of survivors of political violence:

  • All political parties should be allowed to campaign freely without being intimidated of harassed.
  • All survivors of any form of political violence should be given full access to medical facilities as a matter of urgency.
  • All those campaigning for either a yes/no vote during the constitutional referendum should be allowed to do so peacefully. No one should be victimised for either voting yes/no in the referendum.
  • The 2013 national elections in Zimbabwe should be monitored by the International and Regional community just like what happened in the 1980 elections when Zimbabwe gained its Independence.
  • Members of the police and the army should not be allowed to interfere with the election process in any way, if there is need for security it should be provided by the UN standby force.
  • Survivors of political violence should not be coerced into supporting a certain political party like what happened in the June 2008 election run off.
  • Regional and International monitors and observers should be in the country 6 months before and 6 months after the election period in order to reduce cases of violence on the electorate.
  • Government should reparate all survivors of political violence who lost their sources of livelihoods due to political violence before any call for elections.
  • All those who had their livestock confisticated during the 2008 political violence should be compensated by the political parties responsible before any call for elections.
  • The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission should be led by a new secretariat not the one which was in charge during the 2008 chaos.
  • ZEC should make sure there are no delays in announcing election results like what happened in 2008.
  • People who are differently abled should be assisted by a person of their choice in the voting booth and there should be no other election official close by including any member of the police.
  • Civil society organisations should attend political rallies and record all forms of hate speech promulgated at rallies as people are being threatened and harassed at such political gatherings.
  • Traditional leaders should desist from openly supporting any political party and should be barred from forcing people to attend political rallies.
  • Civil society organisations should set up district centres in order to monitor cases of political violence and should be ready to swiftly rescue victims of political violence in case there is an outbreak of violence.
  • Youth officers under the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment should desist from harassing communities. These youth officers should not be allowed to become election officials during the forthcoming elections as they have openly displayed that they are partisan.
  • All perpetrators of political violence should be arrested before the next round of elections and justice should prevail on all those who perpetrated criminal activities during the past elections.
  • All those who perpetrated political violence during the previous elections should openly ask for forgiveness as well as restitute the people they offended.
  • Supporters of different political parties should heed their Principals’ call for non violent campaigns and should stop intimidating other perceived enemies.

“The cry for Peace will be a cry in the wilderness, so long as the spirit of nonviolence does not dominate millions of men and women”    Mahatma Gandhi

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