19 October 2018- The Election Situation Room (ESR) has been closely following the proceedings into the inquiry of violence that occurred on the 1st August 2018. A seven (7) member Commission of inquiry was appointed to probe the cause of the violence that resulted in the death of seven (7) people. The Commission led by former South-African President Kgalema Motlanthe commenced hearing from witnesses in Harare on the 16th -19th October 2018. Witnesses were drawn from members of political parties, relatives of the deceased and other citizens. The Commission adjourned in Harare on the 19th of October 2018 as they proceed to hear from witnesses in Bulawayo, Gweru, and Mutare. The Commission will return to Harare on the 10th of November 2018. The ESR will continue following the proceedings and it is hoped that the process will unearth the causes of the violence and bring closure to the relatives of the deceased, the injured as well as citizens who are distressed by the August 1, 2018 events. // Ends About the ESR The Election Situation Room was convened by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network. The Election Situation Room provides a platform for effective citizen monitoring and domestic observation of electoral processes, where key stakeholders and the general public can feed information and receive timely updates on key electoral processes. To achieve this, more than 40 organizations drawn from across the country and from different sectors have come together under the banner of the Election Situation Room. The ESR has a call Centre where members of the public are calling to report any incidents observed regarding election related processes and any governance issues.
For more information, contact the Election Situation Room on the following details: