ERC dispels claims of fundraising for political party election agent training

The Election Resource Centre has dismissed Cde Patrick Chinamasa’s claims that it is in the process of raising funds to train political party election agents.

Nyasha Mutena

ERC says Cde Chinamasa made the allegations through a press statement on the 21st of June, which read, “it has come to the notice of the ZANU PF Department of Finance that…Elections Resource Centre (ERC) have announced that they are putting together a donation US$10m for the training of 12500 Election Agents for each of the Political Parties participating in the forthcoming Harmonized Elections”.

The think tank said the claims do not have a single strand of truth.

“Unfortunately, this statement from ZANU PF is not true with regards to the Election Resource Centre Africa (ERC). As the ERC we therefore put it on record that we are neither aware of this donation nor are we part of such a program as alleged by ZANU PF. As a law-abiding entity, we continue striving for electoral excellence, our mission as the ERC is to provide credible information, strategic services and deliberative platforms that aim to improve the quality of democracy and elections at all tiers of Zimbabwean society and Africa at large.

Also, the advocacy organization saw an opportunity to enlighten the ruling party and the nation at large about its business operations;

“The ERC is a think tank and advocacy organization on electoral and democracy issues in Africa, having been formed in January 2010 following the need to deepen electoral research work in Africa that would inform effective citizen participation as well as strengthen policy engagement towards improvement of the quality of electoral and democratic practices. Our vision is an African continent with transparent, credible, inclusive democratic and electoral processes.

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