The Election Resource Centre (ERC) is a think tank and advocacy organization on electoral and democracy issues in Zimbabwe. The organization was formed in January 2010 following the need to deepen electoral research work in Zimbabwe that would inform effective citizen participation as well as strengthen policy engagement towards the improvement of the quality of electoral and democratic practices in the country.

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The ERC operates throughout Zimbabwe working with collaborating partners who are also involved in the democracy and governance field.



The organization has since 2010 designed various programmes that impacted positively towards the participation of citizens in democratic processes, much as they contributed to significant reforms to electoral processes in Zimbabwe especially during the transitional period ahead of the 2013 polls which marked the denouement of the coalition government.

Currently, the organization has ongoing activities relevant to the obtaining pre-electoral period mainly focused on strengthening citizen engagement in democracy and elections. In an effort to make demand meet supply, ERC closely engages key electoral policymakers, in particular, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, the Parliament of Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

Fundamentally, the organization has positioned itself as a conduit of citizen electoral priority issues, a resource center of electoral research findings and advocacy for comprehensive legislative, environmental and administrative electoral reform.

The ERC is a registered Trust which is governed by a Board of Trustees. The ERC envisions “a Zimbabwe with transparent, credible and inclusive electoral and democratic processes at all tiers of society.


A Zimbabwe with transparent, credible and inclusive democratic and electoral processes at all tiers of society.


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.



Program Model

The four priority areas for ERC programming are:

The ERC utilizes the Systems Approach to its programming model, which is based on four major strategic issues – community engagement and mobilization, civic education, policy engagement and civic engagement. This approach recognizes the interrelated nature of our programming, which is focused and dependent on research as illustrated by the diagram below.

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