The Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD) and the Alliance of Community Based Organisations (ACBOs) continued to observe the primary elections of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF), which commenced on the 29th to the 30th of April 2018. IYWD and ACBOs community observation of primary elections in rural, farming, mining and peri-urban communities will continue as other political parties carry out their own primary elections in preparation of the General Election to be held later this year.
The objectives of the primary elections observation by IYWD and ACBOs was to take note of the developments happening during the ZANU PF primary election and also make an independent assessment of the process paying attention to freedom of choice, freedom of expression, women and marginalised groups participation as well as the general environment. We also intend to use the information and developing events in communities to engage the political parties, civil society as well as the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) and other stakeholders to increase free and meaningful participation of citizens in rural, farming, mining and peri-urban communities.
The observation was conducted by IYWD and Alliance’s Dandemuntande (Web) Champions, which are part of a community-based elections initiative using organic structures of mobilisation, and socially embedded educational approaches. Dandemutande (Web) Model uses peer-to-peer grassroots-oriented community mobilisation and voter education initiative which mimics network marketing models leveraging on socially-embedded activities, with an aim to encourage young women and men to register as voters and promote their participation pre, during and post elections. Primary information and reports were gathered from the Dandemutande (Web) Champions and ACBOs members embedded in communities across the country. Other sources of information included meetings with civil society organisations, media and interviews with ZANU PF officials and aspiring candidates.
Source: Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD) and the Alliance for Community Based Organizations (ACBOs)