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Protests Continue Over Passing of Electoral Amendment Bill

Speaker of Parliament of Zimbabwe Jacob Mudenda
Protests continue over the fast-tracking of the Electoral Amendment Bill by parliament with opposition parties and the Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Morgan Tsvangirai saying the bill violates some provisions of the new constitution.

The MDC-T says it will legally challenge the passing of the bill, noting that the ruling party seeks to, among other things, re-introduce postal voting, bar Zimbabweans in the diaspora from voting, legalize the use of voter registration slips and deny automatic access to the voters’ roll.

The bill is now expected to go to the House of Assembly before the Speaker Jacob Mudenda takes it to President Robert Mugabe for signing it into a law.

Zanu PF chief-whip Joram Gumbo dismissed the MDC-T’s intentions saying all the correct procedures were followed when the bill was brought before the senate.