18th Amendment Bill passed (26-09-07)

HARARE
The Senate has passed the 18th Amendment Bill and it
now awaits President Robert Mugabe’s signing. This
follows an unprecedented show of unanimity by both
Zanu (PF) and the opposition in the House of Assembly
in passing the bill last week.
The predominantly Zanu (PF


) represented Senate
unanimously passed the Bill that is a culmination of
negotiations between Zanu (PF) and the two factions of
the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) under the
chair of President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa.
The MDC managed to push the ruling regime into making
concessions that will see the reforming of electoral
systems in the country through the creation of a
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission with officials chosen by
both parties and that will sun the elections.
The Delimitation Commission, previously comprising
Mugabe’s appointees and also blamed for alleged
rigging by the ruling party will also be abolished.
The agreements also include that security and media
laws-the Public Order and Security Act and the Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act will be
amended.
The MDC has however come under serious attack from
civic groups, which are opposed to the amendment they
describe as piece-meal.



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