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HARARE-- Debate on the Electoral Amendment Bill, which was supposed to commence in the Zimbabwe Parliament here Tuesday, has been postponed to Wednesday to allow members to acquaint themselves with additional amendments added to it.

Parliament, which had adjourned until May, was recalled this week to debate proposed amendments to the Electoral Act and to ratify the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance. The reforms are expected to govern the conduct of Zimbabwe's harmonized elections expected to be held later this year.

Debate on the Bill was postponed after the chief whip of the opposition MDC-T party, Innocent Gonese, notified the House that MPs needed time to look at the new amendments. After consulting with Leader of the House, who is also Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, the debate was postponed.

The position is that there has been a lot of input coming from various people in various sectors as a result the Honorable Minister brought in a fresh set of notice of amendments. That set was only brought to the

House this afternoon, that set was not on the Order Paper and most of us had not had time to go through them so it was really appropriate to give all Honorable Members a chance (to go through them), Gonese told journalists later.

The Bill seeks to amend certain sections of the Electoral Act to complete the alignment of certain provisions of the principal Act with the new Constitution and to ensure the smooth running of the new registration of voters, among other things.