Home » General » ZIMBABWE’S ELECTORAL AMMENDMENT BILL RECEIVES PRESIDENTIAL ASSENT

HARARE, July 29 — Zimbabwe’s Electoral Amendment Bill, which seeks to make changes to the principal Act concerning the election of members to the Senate and the National Assembly as well as establishment of provincial counicls, has been signed into law.

The Justice and Legal Affairs Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Virginia Mabhiza, told Parliament here Monday that President Robert Mugabe had given his assent to the law, which passed through both Houses of Parliament last month.

“The ministry as a matter of priority has identified the Electoral Amendment Bill which has successfully passed through Senate and has now been assented to; I understand by Friday it had already been assented to (by President Robert Mugabe),” she said.

The new law would also take away the responsibility of voter registration from the Registrar-General’s Office giving it to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission instead.

The Act would also clarify the process of transmitting results from polling stations to the National Command Centre in particular, to ensure that duplicate copies of the polling-station returns gathered from every polling station within a ward must also be transmitted directly to the National Command Centre at the same time as (or as soon as possible after) they are transmitted to the appropriate ward centres.

Other amendments include increasing from one to two the number of election agents who are permitted to be in the immediate vicinity of a polling station, either one of whom may relieve an election agent within a polling station.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

Archives