Uncharted waters: June 2018 Monthly Monitoring Report

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Against the backdrop and a reflection on electoral administrative issues and intra-party violence, as has been reported thus far, the pre-poll election period is still marred with a lot of ambiguities in respect of realising a peaceful election scheduled for July 30. The explosion recorded at the White City rally further exacerbated this complete electoral disorder and administrative confusion coupled with intra-party chaos as will be explored further in this report.

Zimbabwe’s pre-poll 2018 electoral landscape

The explosion on 23 June 2018 that shook White City Stadium during a Zanu PF rally addresed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa contributes to chaos prior to elections and further threatens peaceful and credible elections. Two people subsequently died succumbing to the injuries they sustained while more than 45 were injured, including prominent members of Zanu PF. The scenario and the way it was carried out reflects a systematic, well-calculated and organised crime. Intimidation and harassment is still rampant with more violations recorded in rural areas albeit authorisation by those at the top echelons of power in the ruling party. However, the leadership seems to be ignoring the violations thus one might be inclined to argue that they are behind he perpetration of the violations. The Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise continues to be mired in controversy with some reports pointing to the ruling party threatening the electorate if found on the wrong side after elections. Threats are also in the form of the ‘runoff mantra’ which to the general populace implies facing violence to the scale recorded prior and post the 2008 presidential run off.

Source: Zimbabwe Peace Project

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