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PoliticalPartiesDialogue

Background

Since inception, Zimbabwe Institute has conducted programming to facilitate dialogue between Zimbabwe's political parties.

Following the disputed elections of 2008, Zimbabwe Institute played a mediating role between the contesting parties to enable dialogue which eventually led to the resolution of the impasse through the signing of the Global Political Agreement and the establishment of a Government of National Unity.

Subsequently, Zimbabwe Institute was involved with the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee, JOMIC, which was setup to facilitate policy implementation throughout the tenure of the Government of National Unity. Zimbabwe Institute was also involved with the constitution making process through the Constitution Parliamentary Committee, COPAC, which was a Constitution Select Committee of the Parliament of Zimbabwe. The work of COPAC led to the drafting of a new constitution for the Republic of Zimbabwe, Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Act of 2013,  which recieved presidential ascent on 22 May 2013 and is  the supreme law which governs Zimbabwe in the present day.

Inter-partyDialoguePlatform

Since the dissolution of the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee in 2013, Zimbabwe Institute has facilitated dialogue between the political parties which are represented in the Parliament of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Institute has provided support to political parties by facilitating exchange programs with political parties from Tanzania and Uganda, support for the drafting of amendments to the Electoral Code of Conduct for Political Parties, Candidates and other Stakeholders, and establishment of Multi-Party Provincial Liaison Committees to monitor the implementation of the Electoral  Code of Conduct.

Through the Inter-party Dialogue Platform, the parties which are represented in the Parliament of Zimbabwe have been able to expediently pass legislation through parliament, including reforms to the Electoral Amendment Act.

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