Free and Fair Elections in Zimbabwe? Scepticism Rises ...

Zimbabwe will hold elections this year, and concerns have already been raised about the impartiality of the electoral commission. Political analysts have raised the alarm after changes at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), warning that if not managed correctly, it could have an impact on the standard of this year's polls.

The commission has announced that Chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba, her deputy Rodney Kiwa and Chief Elections Officer Utoile Silaigwana will be solely responsible for ZEC's communication affairs, a development that has raised eyebrows, with some questioning the timing of the changes.

According to Afrobarometer, young Zimbabweans are less likely than their elders to vote, possibly because their experience has taught them that polls are not an effective way to get the government to serve their needs.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has yet to announce the exact date for the vote, but it has revealed that it will be held in either July or August 2023. The main political parties for the 2023 elections remain the Zanu-PF, which has been in power since independence in 1980, and the opposition Citizens Coalition For Change, formed in 2022 and led by Nelson Chamisa.


Zimbabweans registering to vote in Bulawayo.

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