2016 in Review - Enhancing Citizen Engagement

May 17, 2017

Citizens making contribution during a public hearing on the National Peace & Reconciliation Commission Bill in Lupane District

The UNDP’s support was geared at expanding the space for citizen participation in key democratic processes as defined in the Constitution.

Two democratic processes provided this entry points for support – namely, the ongoing legislation alignment and electoral processes respectively. The legislation alignment processes provided an opportunity for citizens to actively participate in legislation making processes.

This goal was achieved through UNDP’s support to Parliament where 79 public hearings were convened around 21 bills. This allowed for over 8,000 citizens to provide input into bills – nine of which have been passed into law.

This support has enabled Parliament to effectively play its legislative and oversight mandate through complying with Section 141 of the Constitution. The ongoing capacity and institutional strengthening of

ZEC provides an opportunity for enhancing democratic dividends through citizen involvement in the electoral processes. The design and roll out of the 2016-2020 Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Capacity Building Project (ZIM-ECO) project,

enables the participation of citizens in electoral processes through three main interlinked pillars – Voter Registration; Voter Education and Stakeholder Engagement.