Articles tagged '2018 polls'

Cops may not vote next year 13 November 2017 HARARE - The jury is out on the recent move by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to temporarily ban all police officers from registering to vote in next year's crunch elections — which could see thousands of police officers failing to cast their ballots in the watershed 2018 polls. This comes...
'Heavy rains disrupt BVR exercise' 13 November 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) says heavy rains have disrupted the on-going biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise in some areas, with a total 2 259 908 citizens registered so far. The Commission — which is winding up phase three of four of the BVR exercises — targets to...
Civil society escalates voter education 13 November 2017 HARARE - Civil society has escalated voter education amid growing concerns over poor engagement of the electorate, with the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) and the Election Resource Centre (ERC) launching a campaign in Masvingo last Friday. The campaign — against the backdrop of ...
Cops banned from BVR registration 13 November 2017 HARARE - The jury is out on the recent move by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to temporarily ban all police officers from registering to vote in next year's crunch elections — which could see thousands of police officers failing to cast their ballots in the watershed 2018 polls. This comes...
'Zanu PF already rigging elections' 12 November 2017 HARARE - The ruling Zanu PF party is already manipulating the environment ahead of next year's elections by buying the support of traditional chiefs and intimidating registrants through claims that their vote will be known under the new biometric voter registration (BVR) system, analysts have sai...
BVR exercise: Zec racing against time 12 November 2017 HARARE - With just a month and a few days remaining before the biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise for 2018 elections closes, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) seems far from reaching its target to register seven million voters. On the other hand, the exercise has been marred by ...
Mugabe warned over foreign poll observers ban 5 November 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's declaration to ban foreign poll observers is “misplaced” and “perilous”, as the move will put the freeness, fairness and credibility of the forthcoming 2018 elections in question, an independent poll watchdog has warned. Recently, the 93-year-old leader — end...
BVR abuse concerns escalate 5 November 2017 HARARE - Independent observers and poll monitors have reported a marked increase in interference and abuse of the on-going biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise by the ruling Zanu PF in the countryside. In a report released this week, Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) noted that Zanu PF official...
Investigate voter intimidation claims, Zec urged 3 November 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Elections Support Network (Zesn) — an independent polls watchdog — has urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) to probe allegations of voter intimidation by Zanu PF supporters. This comes amid rising concern over repor...
Opposition must up it's game for 2018 elections 2 November 2017 EDITOR — It is sad that with the 2018 election around the corner most of us are still in the dark on what the opposition parties are doing to prepare for this crucial polls. Constitutionally, elections in Zimbabwe are supposed to be held next year from mid-year to any day or month after. Th...
1,2m voters registered 1 November 2017 HARARE - A total 1 240 459 voters were registered during the first phase of the biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise launched on October 10 and completed on October 25, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has said. During the exercise, a total 28 515 potential registrants were turned aw...
'Voter intimidation will impede free vote' 29 October 2017 HARARE - Voter intimidation, problems with proof of residence and a high police presence during the ongoing biometric voter registration (BVR) programme will imperil the delivery of a credible 2018 election, British Embassy officials in Harare have told the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec). ...
Zec must probe reports of intimidation, violence 27 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Election Commission (Zec) should take seriously concerns of intimidation and violence as reported by civic organisations monitoring the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) process. Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn), Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights), Electio...
Govt mustn't exclude expats from voting: ZLHR 24 October 2017 HARARE - Government must stop disenfranchising millions of Zimbabweans in the forthcoming key 2018 vote by refusing to allow the Diaspora vote, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has said. The rights lawyers said they were worried that the government continues to procrastinate in impleme...
2018 Elections: Prisoners, diasporans disenfranchised 23 October 2017 HARARE - As Zimbabwe fast approaches the 2018 elections there are fears among pro democracy groups, civil and political activists, and opposition political parties that the ruling Zanu PF government will not put in place mechanisms to allow special groups like prisoners and those living in the Di...
CSOs launch aggressive BVR campaign 18 October 2017 HARARE - Civic Society Organisations (CSOs) have launched an aggressive campaign to have Zimbabweans register to vote in next year's watershed elections. This comes as there are growing concerns that millions of people may not participate in the eagerly-awaited elections due to difficulties in...
Zanu PF feasts on fear ahead of polls 17 October 2017 HARARE - Ahead of the 2018 elections, Zanu PF has created and designed an intricate “occultist” system that is meant to ensure that opposition politics or discourse is not given any breeding room among the rural folk, which constitute over 65 percent of the of the country’s 210 constituencies. ...
ZimRights, ERC intensify voter mobilisation 17 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights), Election Resource Centre (ERC) and several civic organisations, drew thousands of people as they launched a national campaign of roadshows to urge people to register as voters. The launch was held at Chigovanyika Shopping Centre in Chitun...
Women must stand up and be counted 15 October 2017 HARARE - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president of Liberia and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, inherited a war-ravaged country and, with motherly hands, she has done exceptionally well in rebuilding her country. She will probably go down in history as one of the greatest leaders to ever...
Calls for sweeping electoral reforms 14 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe has a lot of pending legislative reforms before holding free and fair elections, with a leading legal watchdog calling for wide-sweeping amendments to various statutes which stifle freedom of assembly and debate. Legal and Parliamentary watchdog, Veritas, said it was imperati...
Everyone must register to vote, says Tsvangirai 10 October 2017 HARARE - MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai on Sunday spoke to Studio 7's  Blessing Zulu ahead of the voter registration blitz that kicks off today. Q: What's your message to Zimbabweans on the voter registration blitz? A: I am saying to the people of Zimbabwe, 2018 is the only opportunity we ...
Election watchdogs, Zec launch voter education blitz 10 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) in collaboration with Election Resource Centre (ERC) will today roll out one of their largest voter education blitzes targeting the whole country. ZimRights director Okay Machisa said they have mobilised several mobile trucks that will rol...
Opposition seeks waiver on BVR observer fees 10 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe will start officially accrediting observers for the biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise, with the opposition complaining about the $10 accreditation fee for each observer. The opposition MDC said it is looking to register 10 000 observers to be deployed at the 10 000 ...
Possible political scenarios for 2018 elections 8 October 2017 HARARE - As we fast approach next year's crucial elections, political analysts are already working on possible scenarios that might emerge before, during and after the plebiscite. While it is difficult to tell with certainty how the situation could pan out in the coming months given that a day...
Zanu PF spending big on 2018 polls 4 October 2017 HARARE - Despite the fact that millions of Zimbabweans are trapped in abject poverty, Zanu PF is going on a spending spree ahead of the 2018 polls to ensure its campaign machinery is well-oiled to face a tricky opposition that appears likely to rally behind one presidential candidate to face Pres...