Elections disputes affect economic and national growth; NERA

By Nyasha Nhau

A PRESSURE GROUP National Elections Reform Agenda (NERA) told NTU News Zimbabwe that fights among political parties derail the country’s progress resulting in suffering of ordinary people.

The organization …. said this while he was outlining the reasons to it’s formation. “NERA was founded in 2015 mainly for political parties with the main aim to see undisputed electoral processes, Zimbabwe running free, fair and highly credible elections.

“To see Zimbabwe being among best democratic countries with its electoral processes being held in harmony and peace and NERA volunteered to be the mediator bearing in mind that participants can never agree on their own.

“As a result elections disputes affect economic and national growth of our country hence citizens are the end sufferers.”

Born in a family of 5 boys and a girl, a Buhera born Joelson Mugari turned 50 on the 31st of July. He has been in politics since his tenure as a student at Gweru Polytechnic from 1996 to 2000 and was the Student Representative Committee president between 1999 and 2000 as well as Zimbabwe National Students Union regional leader the same period.

“We will drive the ship and encounter the challenges. So far we started setting up structures across the country to polling station level which shall be responsible for data capturing before, during and after elections and we are determined to field election agents and observers at each and every polling station.

“We are also negotiating with Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to have monitors rather than mere observers,” he added.

According to NERA the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs is resisting reforms while some unknown people are trying to force him to give up on electoral reforms agenda. “We have written to the Minister because he is resisting reforms and we have written as well to political parties to partner with us in our current national campaign No Reforms No Elections 2023.

“I am personally receiving threats mainly from South African and UK numbers but that shall not deter me,” Mugari said.

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