The ZEC is expected to carry out a delimitation exercise for the 2023 elections and preparations related to this have already begun with ZEC internal staff capacity building and stakeholder engagements on voter education for delimitation. EISA plays an important role in the provision of technical assistance during these preparations. Although ZEC started some stakeholder consultation and voter education for delimitation, enabling legislation for this exercise is equally important. Electoral stakeholders, particularly political parties are still polarised and there is no expressed desire to engage progressively. This has proven counterproductive to the electoral reform agenda and regular engagement between ZEC and stakeholders. Institutions supporting democracy such as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) have not been able to make progress insofar as stakeholder engagement is concerned because of this polarisation at the high level.
EISA is being funded by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, through a grant being managed by the Transparency, Responsiveness, Accountability, and Citizen Engagement (TRACE). The period under review covers achievements related to project initiation meetings with the ZEC, ongoing interaction with the donor including a due diligence assessment and capacity building exercise, finalisation of project monitoring tools with the donor as well as the implementation of some planned activities.
Antonetta Handimashe (Programme Officer) - antonetta[at]eisa.org
22 Airdrie Road, Eastlea, Harare
The programme is funded by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office