Zimbabwe

Since 2012, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Zimbabwe Trust has worked to strengthen the capacity of the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) and civil society organizations to promote credible, inclusive and transparent elections. IFES is currently assisting the ZEC with activities that lay the groundwork for a new voter registration process in the country, as well as an expanded electoral mandate provided under the 2013 constitution. A Memorandum of Understanding signed with the ZEC in 2014 forms the foundation of IFES’ support of strategic planning, training, information and communications technology improvements, and consultative discussions with regional practitioners. In the civil society space, IFES is focusing on improving civil society organizations’ understanding of electoral issues and their ability to deliver effective voter education campaigns and to work as partners with the ZEC on improving the electoral system in Zimbabwe.