Articles tagged '2018 polls'

MDC wants details of BVR data storage 22 September 2017 HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC has said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) must state how data collected during electronic voter registration will be stored amid fears there are inadequate security measures  to guard against unauthorised access to the voter register database. “The MDC d...
NPP in bid to motivate female voters 21 September 2017 HARARE - Joice Mujuru's National People's Party (NPP) has kicked off a campaign to get female voters to the polls next year. The NPP is working in all districts around the country, targeting female voters whose numbers traditionally fall sharply in elections. In a statement, Mujuru's spokes...
Zanu PF gears for early polls 21 September 2017 HARARE - The ruling  Zanu PF is increasingly getting confident at the prospect of President Robert Mugabe calling for early elections to catch his rivals flat-footed, apparently ignoring the election commission which has said it will only be ready for the vote between June and August. Speaking...
BRV registration begins, but… 21 September 2017 HARARE - We applaud the Zimbabwe Election Commission (Zec) for finally commencing the much anticipated national biometric voter registration (BVR) on Monday. Reports from around the country have, however, exposed some of the weaknesses to this exercise, chief among them the slow pace at which ...
Voter registration begins with delays, long queues 20 September 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe has begun fresh registration of all voters, with the process marked with interruptions, delays in electronic voter registration kits being used, and the failure of some of the kits to detect voters' fingerprints. Since Monday when the continuous voter registration began, Zimb...
Court defers hearing on MDC BVR challenge 19 September 2017 HARARE - High Court judge Davison Foroma yesterday deferred to Thursday,  hearing of an application by the MDC seeking to nullify the proclaimed dates for voter registration, arguing that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is unprepared for the process. In the application, the MDC cited P...
PLWDs raise concerns over 2018 vote 19 September 2017 HARARE - People living with disabilities (PLWDs) want the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to put specific registration measures that would allow their constituencies to participate in next year's crucial elections —starting with the biometric voter registration exercise which got underway las...
Makarau State House visit riles MDC 15 September 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe became the first citizen to register under the biometric voter registration (BVR) yesterday in what has enraged the opposition after the Zanu PF leader partook in the exercise in the comfort of his official residence — the State House. Mugabe and his wife, Grac...
MDC sues Mugabe over voter registration dates 15 September 2017 HARARE - The MDC has filed an urgent chamber application seeking to nullify the proclaimed dates for voter registration, arguing that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is unprepared for the process. Voter registration began yesterday. In the application, MDC cited President Robert Mug...
Chombo leads Zanu PF elections directorate cast 15 September 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has announced members of a national elections directorate, expected to steer the party towards crucial elections next year. An official list seen by the Daily News showed the directorate would be headed by Zanu PF secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo a...
Mugabe, Zec on collision course 13 September 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Election Commissions (Zec) is on a collision course with President Robert Mugabe after he unilaterally proclaimed voter registration dates at a time the electoral body is apparently ill-prepared for such a mammoth exercise, the Daily News can report. Giving notice in the ...
Voter registration sparks concerns 12 September 2017 HARARE - Opposition parties and civic society groups have warned that President Robert Mugabe's proclamation of the voter registration commencement this week and giving its cutoff date will compromise the credibility of the crucial elections due next year. This comes as opposition parties susp...
'Unprepared Zim stampedes into elections' 11 September 2017 HARARE - The new voter registration process expected to start this Thursday may fail to kick off smoothly as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is yet to take delivery of the bulk of required biometric voter registration (BVR) kits. Zec has said it took delivery of the first batch of 400 ...
Zec speaks on early elections 7 September 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is working towards holding the 2018 polls between June and August although the elections management body was quick to point out that ultimately that decision lies with the President, the Daily News can report. Zec has waded into the poll-date de...
Metal IDs acceptable during BVR exercise 5 September 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has said metal identity cards will be accepted during the biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise. This comes after Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede said only holders of machine readable plastic identity cards will be able to register to vot...
Early 2018 election possible: Experts 28 August 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe could exploit a lacuna in the law to proclaim an early general election next year, legal experts have said. The next elections are constitutionally scheduled to take place between July 23 and August 21, 2018. But legal experts said Mugabe still has a constit...
MDC wary of Zuma mediation 23 August 2017 HARARE - The MDC has cast doubts on new Sadc chairman Jacob Zuma's ability to act as the region's mediator if a dispute erupts in next year's eagerly-anticipated elections. Zuma's involvement may be needed in Zimbabwe to break a feared election impasse if the poll is disputed after assuming th...
Electoral Regulations: Progress amidst weak transparency 22 August 2017 HARARE - Election Resource Centre (ERC) welcomes Statutory Instrument 85 (S.I. 85) of 2017 that was gazetted by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) last month. The statutory instrument outlines new voter registration regulations ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections, and provides nine fun...
Civil society calls for regional solidarity ahead of elections 21 August 2017 HARARE - Civil society organisations have called for regional solidarity from southern African partners in ensuring that the 2018 elections in Zimbabwe meet the Sadc standards for free and fair elections. During a session on human rights and elections at the Sadc People’s Summit on August 17, ...
Opposition must destroy rural fear factor now 21 August 2017 HARARE - The 2018 elections are taking place in a threatening environment hostile to free speech and genuine political participation, again raising the spectre of elections that will neither be free nor fair. There is a massive wall of fear built for the rural people — who constitute 75 percen...
Deny Zim's uniformed forces voting rights: MDC 17 August 2017 HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC is proposing a constitutional amendment to bar uniformed forces from voting in a bid to uphold their impartiality. The new Constitution okayed in a 2013 referendum ushered in Special Vote to facilitate early voting by uniformed forces and electoral officers ass...
Opposition faces tough 2018 polls 24 July 2017 HARARE - There is growing consensus among political analysts that the country's opposition will find it difficult to defeat President Robert Mugabe and his deeply-divided Zanu PF in next year's much-awaited national elections. Working against the prospects of an opposition victory are the cont...
'Political violence indications strong' 24 July 2017 HARARE - As we hurtle towards the 2018 elections the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) — a grassroots-based organisation with membership across the country’s 10 provinces — has raised the red flag, with reports from its monitors on the ground suggesting strong indicators of political ...
Lying voters face jail term 23 July 2017 HARARE - Government has gazetted a new law which jails people who falsify information on proof of residence during the voter registration exercise which the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is expected to open to the members of the public ahead of next year’s crucial vote. The new regulatio...
Fears of voter apathy in 2018 polls 23 July 2017 HARARE - After the voter apathy which marred the recent Chiwundura by-election, analysts have said electoral reforms are the only way to increase voter interest in 2018 elections. In the by-election, a large number of people refrained from casting ballots, with the voter turnout rate at 22 per...