By Staff Reporter
In a series of tweets, Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the Citizens Coalition for Change, emphasized the importance of the Electoral Reforms and Amendments Bill currently under consideration in Parliament.
Chamisa urged Parliamentarians not to miss the opportunity to address the challenges that undermine the credibility and legitimacy of the country’s elections.
Among the key issues highlighted by Chamisa was the need to ensure the right to vote, particularly for Zimbabweans in the diaspora.
“Today, Parliament considers the Electoral reforms and amendments bill. May Zimbabwe never miss this special moment and opportunity to deal with all the challenges that undermine the credibility and legitimacy of our elections.
“As Mps are girding their loins to debate this bill, it’s important to consider the right to vote especially the diaspora vote. Access to and audit the voters’ roll which must be verified, approved and signed off by all contesting parties and candidates before the election,” tweeted Chamisa
He further called for real-time announcement of election results, emphasizing the significance of transparency in the electoral process.
“Real time announcement of the election results. Security of the vote and voter. No command voting through abuse of the chiefs, village heads and farm owners. Prohibition of forcing of villagers to declare illiteracy to qualify as assisted voters.
“Stopping the weaponization of food aid and handouts meant for disadvantaged community beneficiaries to influence or change their political choices. Let the citizens freely, peacefully and independently decide and choose their leaders.” said Chamisa
The Citizens Coalition for Change, under Chamisa’s leadership, has been a vocal advocate for democratic processes and has continuously pushed for reforms to enhance the credibility and legitimacy of the country’s elections.