Lloyd Gumbo Senior Reporter
Government has come up with a raft of amendments to the electoral laws to guarantee the credibility of forthcoming elections, parliamentarians heard yesterday.
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who also oversees the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, told senators that the changes include making the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission independent and giving it custody of voter registration, introducing polling station-based voter registration and adopting the biometric (electronic) voting system.
He was responding to submissions from senators debating the General Laws Amendment Bill that will align the Electoral Act to the Constitution.
MDC -T senators queried whether the General Laws Amendment Bill would guarantee the credibility of future elections, claiming the ruling party had used gaps in the law to rig previous elections.
“This Bill will align the Electoral Act with the Constitution in many important areas including removal of the post of Registrar of Voters whose function will be taken over by ZEC,” said VP Mnangagwa, who is also the Acting President.
Details to follow….