The Presidential Elections 2002

We have decided to print a special double-sized issue for February and March to cover the presidential election. During this election, there were particularly vicious assaults on human rights, especially on political and civil entitlements. Opposition activists and polling agents were threatened, abducted, arrested and detained. In total, 33 people were killed.

By 31 March, after the Presidential election results were announced, five MDC polling agents had been reportedly killed in their quest to participate actively in the political destiny of their country. It is regrettable that none of the alleged murderers have been arrested. The current wave of violence and impunity raises serious doubts about the efficacy and integrity of the police system and generally, access to justice by the citizens of Zimbabwe.

This Human Rights Monthly also provides an audit of political rights in Zimbabwe. Special reference is made to electoral law and the possibility to “rig” the election.

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