Elec­toral Act to be amended

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fari­rai Machivenyika Harare Bureau

THE Elec­toral Act will soon be amended to reg­u­larise the new voter reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise as pro­mul­gated by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe in Statu­tory In­stru­ment 109 of 2017 gazetted on Septem­ber 18 and valid for six months.

The chair­per­son of the Na­tional Assem­bly Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee on Jus­tice, Le­gal and Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi said this while ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

“The Bill seeks to en­sure the smooth run­ning of the new reg­is­tra­tion of vot­ers pub­lished by the Pres­i­dent in S.I 109 of 2017 on Septem­ber 18. Since the Ex­ec­u­tive used the Pres­i­den­tial Pow­ers (Tem­po­rary Mea­sures) Act, the procla­ma­tion would have been valid for only 180 days. The Bill seeks to give ef­fect to the Pres­i­dent’s amend­ments be­yond the 180 days,” he said.

Cde Ziyambi said the Bill would also out­line reg­is­tra­tion pro­vi­sions in­clud­ing do­ing away with the re­quire­ment for of­fi­cers to fill reg­is­tra­tion forms on be­half of reg­is­trants so that they fill on their own and also giv­ing ef­fect to the cre­ation of a new vot­ers’ roll.

He also said the Bill would ban the use of reg­is­tra­tion slips dur­ing vot­ing if one is not on the vot­ers’ roll.

Cde Ziyambi also said the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee would also gather views on the In­sol­vency Bill which is part of prospec­tive leg­is­la­tion drafted by Gov­ern­ment to en­hance the ease of do­ing busi­ness.

The Bill seeks to pro­vide for the ad­min­is­tra­tion of in­sol­vent and as­signed es­tates as well as con­sol­i­date in­sol­vency leg­is­la­tion in Zimbabwe.

It will re­peal the cur­rent In­sol­vency Act as well as parts of the Com­pa­nies Act and also re­duce the av­er­age pe­riod for re­solv­ing in­sol­vency is­sues from the cur­rent 45 months to less than a year.

The pro­posed law will as­sist in re-or­gan­is­ing and res­cu­ing trou­bled com­pa­nies.

Cde Ziyambi ex­perts on in­sol­vency is­sues to con­trib­ute to­wards the pro­mul­ga­tion of the law.

Magura Magura Charumbira

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