MORTGAGING THE FUTURE IN RETURN FOR POWER – Zimbabwe’s Natural Resources and the 2018 Election
In terms of its 2013 Constitution, Zimbabwe holds local government, parliamentary and presidential elections every five years. These elections are held at the same time hence they are referred to as “harmonised elections,” a term used to describe their simultaneous nature. Holding of these elections demands a lot of funds from the central government for the coordination of electoral activities which is done by the electoral management body, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). The harmonised elections budget for ZEC is often estimated in the region of US$200m-300m.