Zimbabweans Are Voting In Referendum on New Constitution
Today Saturday 16th March, 2013 is a special day for the Zimbabweans as they vote on a proposed new constitution, five years after a general generation that had led to a dispute and widespread violence which has seen some death of more than 500 people and more than 500.000 people displaced.
This new constitution is seen as important as it aims to limit the terms of the president and will give Zimbabweans a bill of rights. This constitution is being back by both President Mugabe and the Prime Minister Mr Tsvangirai who ran against each other in the 2008 violent elections.
According to observers, the new constitution if adopted by the voters will make politicians accountable and will see the long awaited clean-up in Zimbabwe politics.
Its Not Perfect But Its A Beginning:
Zimbabweans have been working hard for this day continuously aiming to ensure that today’s votings run peacefully. This time round, Zimbabweans want to use this poll as a test of democracy after the 2008 disaster and one that could reshape the politics of their nation after almost a decade of political and economic woes.
Most Zimbabweans agree that the new constitution is not in any way perfect, however they are prepared to compromise where need be. Elections observations claim that today’s polls will point to a Yes victory as all the main political parties are actually backing it, as it will see a new era being ushered in Zimbabwe.
Should the new constitution get a majority NO votes, and then this will see Zimbabwe going to the next election using the current constitution with its 19 amendments.
The current law in Zimbabwe dates back to the independence period and has allowed Robert Mugabe to rule unchallenged. If the new constitution gets a YES poll, then Zimbabwe will see major changes taking place in the political arena where the proposed legislation will in theory make the president and parliament more accountable, develop power and improve citizens’ basic rights.