President signs Electoral Amendment Act
President Mnangagwa has signed the Electoral Amendment Act into law, creating a new code of conduct for political parties, candidates and other stakeholders in elections.
The law also brings into effect the Statutory Instrument on the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) carried out by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).
The notice was published on Monday under General Notice 307A/2018 of the Extraordinary Government Gazette.
Aming other issues, the Act empowers ZEC to carry out voter education in an accurate, unbiased and gender-sensitive manner.
The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) will also be empowered by the law to observe elections and present its draft report to ZEC.
Under the new law, an Electoral Court will also be established as a division of the High Court and that all electoral petitions should be dealt with within six months. Additionally, appeals shall be determined within three months from the date of appeal.
Under the Fourth Schedule to the Act, a code of conduct will be followed, binding all political parties, members, supporters, candidates, organisations and associations that are formally or informally associated with political parties or that formally or formally conduct political activities, traditional leaders, security and law enforcement officials, public servants and civil society organisations.