The Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD) and the Alliance of Community Based Organisations (ACBOs) continues to observe the electoral processes including political party primary elections in Zimbabwe. From the 19th of May 2018, IYWD and ACBOs deployed community observers to observe the primary elections of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) led by Nelson Chamisa, which are still ongoing. IYWD and ACBOs community observation of political parties primary elections in rural, farming, mining and peri-urban communities will continue as other political parties carry out their own primary elections ahead of the General Election slatted for 30 July.
The objectives of the primary election observation by IYWD and ACBOs was to take note of the developments happening during the MDC-T primary election and also make an independent assessment of the process, paying attention to free expression, freedom of choice, women’s and marginalized 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 allow free and meaningful participation of citizens, especially women and youth in rural, farming, mining and peri-urban communities.
Source: Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD) and the Alliance for Community Based Organisations (ACBOs)