Implications of the By-Election in Zimbabwe on Political Parties Financing and Quota System Representation

By-Elections have come, and they have gone. Their effect will long be felt beyond this generation. Laws will be scrutinized and revisited to address the unforeseen effects of a mass by election process which culminated in a new party taking a significant portion of the vote. Decisions made to address this conundrum, will affect generations who might never see implementation of the decisions including this generation. In effect, the elections are past, and the changes made to our law will never apply in retrospect. Should changes in the legal framework be considered?

The Citizen Coalition for Change (CCC) has entered the stage but will they be considered for political parties financing in the last year to the next harmonized election? Should they be considered for funding and is there a legal basis? To compound the conundrum, in view of the recent results, the allocation to the quota system representation effectively changes, can quota system MPs that were seconded to the Parliament of Zimbabwe to replace those that were recalled by MDC-T be recalled and be replaced by CCC MPs? Is there a legal basis? So many questions, some answers will be provided in this brief, some will remain and the debate will go on long after.

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Source: CIASA

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