Manicaland CSOs call for alignment of laws

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MANICALAND CSOs have called for the alignment of laws and more consultations, before fast-tracking the Constitutional Amendment Bill No 2.

This emerged at a meeting held in Mutare by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn), the Election Resource Centre (ERC) and the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum with (Civil Society Organisations) CSOs in the eastern border town.

Women representatives at the meeting have bemoaned the lack of consultation to inform the amendments to the 2013 people-driven Constitution. The Mutare meeting was held to discuss the implications of the Constitutional Amendment Bill No.2 on future elections.

Zesn advocated for gender balance and more consultations towards a 50-50 representation in Parliament.
Participants also noted that the presidential running mate provisions meant to come into force in 2023 are more democratic as a successor would be a popularly elected person rather than an appointee of the president.

“The constitutional amendment process shows misplaced priorities as government should be concentrating on implementing observer mission recommendations,” the ERC said in a statement.

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