An assessment of the country’s state of preparedness to hold free, fair and credible elections in Zimbabwe

Abstract

An election is a major institutional pillar of liberal democracy. The conduct of regular elections is considered the single most important indicator of the presence or absence of the democratic context of the rule-based free, fair and credible election. However, for elections to represent the wish of the electorate, it must be credible and the entire process must be free and fair. Thus, the process must not be left out to the government and government established electoral agencies alone. Rather, it requires the vigilance, involvement and monitoring of NGOs agencies like civil society neighboring countries and international institutions to prevent the government of the day from wielding the power of incumbency to skew the electoral process in its favor. This paper assesses what free, fair and credible elections entail, in terms of international standards, SADC guidelines and the current Zimbabwe’s position in the context of its constitution. Additionally, the paper scans the environment on whether there are prospects of free, fair and credible elections. It further assess the role and participation of youths in 2018 elections, and their impact in achieving free, fair and credible polls.

Source: National Youth Development Trust

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