ZESN Calls For Demilitarisation Of Elections Body

ZESN which has been monitoring Zimbabwe elections since the year 2000 said there must be no violence or intimidation before, during and after elections adding that ordinary people must be allowed to move freely.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said (ZEC) is full of state security agents with links to President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) party. The Prime Minister demanded the recruitment of electoral officials who will be impartial when executing state duties.The MDC has alleged that previous elections especially in 2000, 2002 and 2008 were rigged in favour of the President,s party.
Zimbabwe is likely to hold elections next year.Mugabe has said he needed early elections as tensions in the unity government continue to rise due to differences over key positions such as provincial governors, attorney-general and central bank governor.

ZESN also wants a new voters roll to include Zimbabweans in the diaspora and prison inmates. The pressure group said the voters roll must be made available electronically and ready for inspection by any person or party any time.
The organisation also called on the government to speed up the licencing of independent radio and television stations to ensure that all political parties are given equal airtime during election campaigning.
The election pressure group appealed to the unity government to allow foreign observers into the country when there is time and  to make sure their security is guaranteed by the state.