Articles tagged 'elections'

'Opposition alliance raises regime change prospects' 23 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's opposition political parties announced an alliance last week to fight next year's presidential and parliamentary elections against President Robert Mugabe and his long-ruling Zanu PF, in a move hailed by analysts as a “very promising development”. Mugabe, 93, is seeking an ...
Mugabe has always lost to Tsvangirai - Mukanya 22 April 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has maintained his lengthy grip on power through electoral chicanery — including rigging polls — at the expense of opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, exiled music icon Thomas Mapfumo, pictured, has said. Speaking on “Live Talk: The Connection” radio show ...
'Zec must lift restrictions on observers' 22 April 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) must lift restrictions on observers to allow effective participation in the site validation test of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits, the Election Resource Centre (ERC) said yesterday. This comes after Zec laid out strict conditions for t...
Bhasikiti refuses to concede defeat 21 April 2017 HARARE - Kudakwashe Bhasikiti has declined to concede defeat to the Zanu PF Mwenezi East MP-elect Omar Joosbi. Bhasikiti pulled out of the by-election race citing intimidation and vote buying. The National Assembly constituency seat fell vacant following the death of the incumbent MP Joshua...
'Voters' roll must be accessed free of charge' 19 April 2017 HARARE - Limiting access to the voters’ roll by attaching exorbitant costs to it suggests an attempt to conceal it from stakeholders, an election watchdog has said. Zimbabwe Election Commission (Zec) charges $100 000 to political parties who want to have access to a copy of the voters’ roll. ...
Opposition should learn from Mwenezi poll 12 April 2017 HARARE - The country’s disjointed opposition parties should draw lessons from the recently-held Mwenezi by-elections that Zanu PF will not reform itself out of power, but will instead push for elections under conditions that guarantee its victory. While the main opposition party, the Movement ...
Mugabe will fall next year: Tsvangirai 11 April 2017 HARARE - Bullish opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has vowed to finish off President Robert Mugabe and his warring ruling Zanu PF in next year's make-or-break national elections — adding that he stands ready to lead the planned grand coalition. Speaking in an exclusive interview with the D...
Zec independence important 10 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Election Commission (Zec) independence is the top most important ingredient of free and fair elections. All other technologies and mechanisms are useless if Zec is not an independent electoral body.  All political parties, Zanu PF included should aim to divorce themselves fro...
'Zanu PF's rigging machinery loading' 10 April 2017 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC says the chaos and irregularities witnessed in the weekend's Mwenezi East by-election — which had an unusually high voter turnout despite the warring Zanu PF contesting against little known opponents — were a bad omen for 2018. The MDC's state...
Tsvangirai says Mugabe scared 9 April 2017 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says President Robert Mugabe is rattled by the mooted grand coalition which could end the warring ruling Zanu PF's nearly four decades in power next year, when the country holds its make-or-break national elections. This comes as Tsvangirai has emer...
Anarchy tarnishes Mwenezi mini poll 9 April 2017 HARARE - Chaos marred yesterday’s Mwenezi East by-election where many voters were turned away, including Zanu PF candidate Joosbi Omar — who, tragicomically, was only able to cast his vote at the third attempt after travelling almost 20 kilometres from the original polling station. The build-u...
Chinamasa refuses to bump up Zec budget 7 April 2017 HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has rejected an appeal from an election watchdog which sought permission to petition Parliament on the “meagre” budget allocation to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) for preparations for the crunch 2018 general elections. Section 187 (5) of th...
Christian group in voter awareness drive 4 April 2017 HARARE - A religous movement organisation, Zimbabwe Divine Destiny (ZDD), led by Ancelimo Magaya has launched a campaign to raise voter awareness among Christians in Zimbabwe and mobilise them to participate in the 2018 election. Magaya said the looming elections could only be different if peo...
Zanu PF door-to-door campaigns ominous 2 April 2017 HARARE - The aggressive door-to-door voter registration exercise Zanu PF is conducting in several Harare suburbs bodes ill for the crucial general elections set for next year. Ominous signs on the ground, particularly the violence and intimidation accompanying the ruling party's voter registra...
Zanu PF gets going on 2018 31 March 2017 HARARE - Zanu PF has embarked on its own aggressive door-to-door voter registration exercise — raising fears that the warring ruling party is “sharpening” its rigging machinery ahead of next year's make-or-break polls. This comes as opposition parties are ratcheting up their protests against t...
'ID voting system will not work' 26 March 2017 HARARE - Proposition that persons should be allowed to vote anywhere in the country upon production of their national identity documentation cards (IDs) for the 2018 general election is a recipe for electoral chaos, analysts have said. There have been calls by some political actors for the aba...
2013 promises haunt Zanu PF 26 March 2017 HARARE - As the watershed 2018 national polls beckon, President Robert Mugabe's warring ruling Zanu PF is in a big quandary about what to say on account of its dismal failure to deliver on any of its 2013 election promises. Among the promises that are coming back to bite Zanu PF are its utopia...
Defiant Zanu PF deepen 2018 poll row 26 March 2017 HARARE - The prospects for free and fair elections in Zimbabwe next year are remote without some concrete actions now to make that possible, including significant international involvement, a leading think-tank has said. Cape Town-based NKC African Economics said it is not just the potential f...
Makarau 'backs down' 26 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson Rita Makarau has backed down on her earlier  decision to shut the door on opposition parties committing to engage them in future discussions on elections, MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora said. Last week, Makarau called off a meeti...
Violence worries ahead of 2018 poll 25 March 2017 HARARE - Senators and chiefs have urged political parties to ensure the looming 2018 general elections are peaceful, amid a rise in violence that they blamed on ambitious politicians staking claims as candidates. This comes as critics and opponents say President Robert Mugabe has hung on to po...
Tsvangirai divides Code 25 March 2017 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has divided opinion among opposition political parties coalescing to form a pact ahead of next year’s watershed elections, as more voices come in the open backing his candidacy to lead the alliance. While most leaders from Coalitions of Democrats (Code) an...
Scared authorities lock down Harare 23 March 2017 HARARE - Jittery authorities yesterday deployed heavily-armed police on all of Harare's major roads — mounting multiple roadblocks to thwart the mega demonstration that had been planned by the country's opposition. As a result, the opposition parties coalescing under the banner of the National...
'Malpractices soil Mwenezi election campaign' 23 March 2017 HARARE - The Mwenezi East by-election has been blighted by accusations of politicisation of food aid, abrogation of the right to freedom of assembly and intimidation and harassment, a rights group has said. The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) said it was worried by the unfolding events in Mwenezi...
Big week for troubled Zim 21 March 2017 HARARE - The coming few days promise to be very tense starting tomorrow when the country's angry opposition holds a massive demonstration in Harare, after they were given the go-ahead by edgy security commanders yesterday. And on Thursday, disaffected war veterans will also gather in the capit...
We'll crush G40, Mnangagwa's camp vows 17 March 2017 HARARE - The Zanu PF faction rallying behind Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's mooted presidential aspirations has vowed to crush moves by the party enemies of the Midlands godfather to impose their candidate to lead the key, but volatile province of Masvingo. This comes after the Zanu PF po...