ELECTION STATEMENT FOR THE 2013 ZIMBABWEAN HARMONISED ELECTIONS
Delivered at Africa Synod House, Harare
By the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJPZ) and IMBISA
The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe (CCJPZ) and the Inter-regional Meeting
of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) deployed 2,796 observers. What we are sharing here is based on what we have observed as from opening of the polling stations to midday.
The Church notes that:
- The voting day has been characterised by peaceful atmosphere
- Most polling stations opened on time and the church commends ZEC for the timely opening
- Polling officials have been impartial and professional.
- Many people turned up to vote as shown by the long queues at many polling stations
- Voting process has been slow and waiting time in the queue has been long particularly in highly
populated areas. The slowness of the process has been largely attributed to inadequate copies of
the voter’s roll
- As a Church, we urge people to be patient and be at the polling station before 7pm. Any voter on
the queue by that time shall be allowed to vote.
- The Church has also noted some incidents which have been reported to the police and the police have taken action. We encourage citizens to report all cases of misconduct to relevant authorities. So far, the Police have responded positively to the cases we have reported to them.
The Church will continue to observe the process.
May God Bless the Nation
Bishop Alexio Muchabaiwa
CCJPZ Bishop Chairman
NOTE TO THE EDITOR:
The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJPZ), a commission of the Zimbabwe Catholic
Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) and Inter-regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA)
mandated to promote justice and peace guided by gospel values or Social Teachings of the Church. As
their rights and duties as citizens, CCJPZ, ZCBC and IMBISA encourages people to participate in all
activities of the society, including elections, in order to promote the common good and the well-being
of everyone, especially the poor and the marginalised.