By Patricia Kisare

This past year Zimbabwe held its first general elections since 2008, when a disputed presidential election led to widespread violence. The violence ceased when the two rivals agreed to share power and form a government of national unity.

As part of the agreement, reforms to the constitution and the security sector had to be adopted before Zimbabwe could hold another election, as a way to prevent future electoral violence. President Mugabe called for a general election in July 2013, despite the failure to produce these reforms.

Throughout the year we met with key policymakers to encourage diplomatic engagement to ensure these reforms were implemented. By the time elections were held, Zimbabwe had only instituted reforms to its constitution. Nevertheless, the electoral process was mostly peaceful. President Mugabe was re-elected for another term.

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