We have learnt precious little from the latest election process in Zimbabwe. Contrary to popular belief, elections have not weakened ZANU PF, they have given it the opportunity to ‘legally’ shore up its grip on power. As has become the norm, allegations of widespread electoral manipulation dominate the post-election news. The political and voter apathy […]
As is now standard practise after elections in Zimbabwe, the 31-Jul-2013 election outcome was immediately followed by complaints from the main opposition, the MDC-T, who felt the process had been littered by numerous abnormalities, including in the counting of votes.
Elections are indispensable to democracy yet holding elections must not be seen as evidence of democracy. Democracy cannot be measured merely on the basis of a country holding regular ‘free and fair’ elections where ‘free’ and ‘fair’ are subjectively determined by the political elite.