Articles tagged '2018 polls'

Chamisa snubs Mugabe, Grace 20 June 2018 HARARE - It has emerged that MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has rebuffed ousted former president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace's overtures for the trio to work together — as the former first family frantically attempts to derail President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election bid in next month's w...
UK, Zec nexus triggers uproar 19 June 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) triggered a fresh storm yesterday after it availed the voters' roll to the British Embassy while denying same to candidates participating in the forthcoming general elections. In a tweet posted yesterday, the embassy revealed receiving the conte...
Zim polls: 'Brace for presidential run-off' 22 April 2018 HARARE - This year's presidential elections could be decided by a re-run because none of the aspiring contestants has capacity to garner enough votes in the first round of voting, analysts have predicted. The country goes to the polls any day between July 31 and August 31, unless Parliament is...
'Reforms delay jeopardises polls' 19 April 2018 HARARE - Delays in considering the proposed amendments to the electoral laws is the biggest threat to a repeat of unrest at this year's vote, the country's biggest election watchdog has warned, saying hopes that reforms and new technology will ease a pressure cooker of tensions were being dashed....
Diaspora to petition for Zim vote 19 April 2018 HARARE - The US-based Zimbabwe Diaspora for Democracy Inc. and the South Africa-based Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF) is petitioning government against it's decision to bar expatriate Zimbabweans from voting from their foreign bases in the forthcoming key 2018 vote. The two organisations, represen...
Zanu PF should level electoral field 9 April 2018 HARARE - The requirement to stage regular elections that are both free and fair is one of the defining features of a liberal democracy. In past elections, pointedly the internationally condemned 2008 poll, thousands of Zimbabweans braved violence, intimidation and other obstacles to demand the...
Delayed polls dates compromise credibility 5 April 2018 HARARE - For some time now, the buzz word has been Zimbabwe is holding watershed elections this year yet despite this excitement, no one knows actually when. President Emmerson Mnangagwa is by law empowered to proclaim the election dates and until he does so, civic groups, opposition parties a...
ED slammed for ruling out electoral reforms 29 March 2018 HARARE - Opposition parties have savaged President Emmerson Mnangagwa for ruling out electoral reforms after the United States of America gave him and his administration conditions that if met, will see Donald Trump's administration completely removing the current sanctions and re-establishing wh...
Zanu PF sets primary elections rules 23 March 2018 HARARE - Zanu PF yesterday announced rules governing its primary elections giving a special waiver on war veterans, and also threatening to expel any candidates who will try to campaign alone without their rivals within the party. Making the announcement after an extraordinary politburo meetin...
Ex-military chefs weigh poll options 19 March 2018 HARARE - A number of Cabinet ministers who owe their positions in Cabinet to President Emmerson Mnangagwa's benevolence face the spectre of hunting for new jobs unless they secure legislative seats at the forthcoming elections, the Daily News on Sunday can report. Read full story in today's pa...
'ED insincere on free, fair polls' 27 February 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa is not sincere in his call for a free, fair and credible election as the situation on the ground points to a different direction, MDC Alliance spokesperson Welshman Ncube has said. The broader alliance of seven political parties dubbed MDC Alliance formed ...
Zec announces likely poll dates 26 February 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has said  general elections should be held on any date between July 21 and August 21. Zec chairperson Priscilla Chigumba said under the constitution, the current president's term of office expires on August 21, 2018 and according to Section 158 ...
ED govt yet to formally invite us for Zim poll: EU 26 February 2018 HARARE - Our staff writer Farayi Machamire sits down for a wide-ranging interview with European Union head of Delegation Philippe Van Damme. Find below, excerpts of the interview. Q: We have heard President Emmerson Mnangagwa stating that foreign observer missions would be welcome to monitor t...
It'll be Chamisa vs ED 25 February 2018 HARARE - The titanic MDC leadership battle now appears to be effectively over, bar the shouting, after the country's main opposition alliance unanimously endorsed Nelson Chamisa as its presidential candidate for this year's harmonised national elections. People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader,...
MDC election preps go up in smoke 30 January 2018 HARARE - The MDC's election preparations are in disarray due to lack of funding as donors continue to give the party a wide berth. The Daily News can report that plans by the MDC to hold primary elections to choose candidates who will represent the party in parliamentary and local government p...
Police moves to curb voter intimidation 30 January 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police has upped the ante on culprits demanding serial numbers from voters' registration slips, with the law enforcement agency warning the practice is illegal and criminal. This comes amid rising cases of voter intimidation, with traditional leaders and ruling p...
MDC poll preps go up in smoke 30 January 2018 HARARE - The MDC's election preparations are in disarray due to lack of funding as donors continue to give party a wide berth. Read full story in today's paper. [GoogleAd]
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...