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Zimbabwe: Elections

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 125269, tabled on 29 January 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the Government is providing to Zimbabwe to ensure that the 2018 elections in that country are free and fair.

Answered on

5 February 2018

DFID is providing £5m of new funding for civil society organisations helping Zimbabwe build a more democratic electoral process in the run-up to and following the 2018 elections. This includes:

- Empowering citizens and civil society to hold the state to account and to call for changes to the electoral commission and legislation to better represent the people

- Improving the electoral environment, for example by helping people to register to vote, including women, and those with disabilities

- Supporting civil society organisations to monitor elections, including around issues of security, human rights and equality

- Improving observation and monitoring of voting to ensure it is free and fair

- Surveying voters to find out more about the voting process and what is preventing people from registering to vote.