Zimbabwe Presidential Election, 9–11 March 2002

The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group

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Zimbabwe Presidential Election, 9–11 March 2002
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Series Title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 1 June 2003
Size: 280mm x 200mm
ISBN: 978-0-85092-718-4
Pages: 84

These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The Secretary-General constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the Secretary-General, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.



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Map of Zimbabwe
Letter of Transmittal

Chapter 1: The Observer Group
Introduction
The Observer Group and its Terms of Reference
Method of Work

Chapter 2: Political Framework
Introduction
The Liberation Struggle
The Lancaster House Conference
Independence
Consolidation of Power by ZANU-PF
An Ineffectual Opposition
The February 2000 Referendum and its Aftermath
The Commonwealth Observer Group to the June 2000 Parliamentary Elections
The Land Issue
The Economy
Zimbabwe and the Commonwealth

Chapter 3: The Constitutional and Legal Framework
The Constitution
The Electoral Act
The Election Directorate
The Electoral Supervisory Commission
The Registrar-General
The Delimitation Commission
The Citizenship of Zimbabwe Act
The Public Order and Security Act
‘The General Laws Amendment Act’
Regulations and Statutory Instruments
Court Applications
Election Petitions

Chapter 4: The Electoral System and Voter Registration and Education
The Electoral System
Voter Registration
Allegations of Systematic Disenfranchisement
Voter Education

Chapter 5: Observers and Monitors
International Observers
Domestic/Local Observers
Election Monitors

Chapter 6: The Campaign
Violence, Intimidation and Coercion
Campaign Issues/Freedom of Movement and of Association
The Rule of Law
The News Media

Chapter 7: The Poll and Count
The Poll
The Count

Conclusions and Recommendations

Annexes