Line ministries have been urged to prioritize the alignment of laws that promote an enabling electoral environment ahead of the 2018 harmonized elections.
This call was made during the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on Alignment of Legislation to the constitution (IMT) Bi-Monthly meeting held at Pandhari lodge, in Harare on Wednesday 14 February 2018. The Bi-Monthly meeting was attended by representatives from line ministries that include but are not limited to the Ministry of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs; Ministry of Health and Child Welfare; Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture; Ministry of Lands and Rural Settlement; Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.
Speaking on behalf of the Attorney General, Mr. Zowa (Law Development Commission (LDC) Vice Chairperson), took a leaf from the Honorable President, E. D. Mnangagwa’s inaugural speech where he emphasized the need to strengthen the pillars of democracy in the new dispensation as follows:
“Zimbabwe is re-engaging the world, as it re-engages the world, the pillars of democracy need to be strengthened and that a critical component of this includes ensuring that there is compliance with the 2013 Constitution. The IMT has to strengthen these pillars by making sure all legislation is in compliance with the Zimbabwean Constitution.”
He further added that His Excellency has reiterated the need for Zimbabwe to hold free, fair and credible elections; and explained that this can only be achieved if the laws that create an enabling environment are consistent with the Constitution. The IMT is therefore seized with the task of providing technical support for the alignment of laws that have a bearing on an enabling environment for free, fair and credible elections ahead of the upcoming harmonized elections.
Priority laws that have an effect on the holding of free and fair elections include; the Electoral Act; Citizenship of Zimbabwe Act; Immigration Act; Zimbabwe Media Commission Act; Public Order and Security Act; Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Broadcasting Services Act.