Articles tagged 'elections'

New Zim is coming: Chamisa 20 January 2018 HARARE – In the most comprehensive policy speech of the presidential campaign, MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa has presented an opposition MDC Alliance vision of a growth and fairness economy, an economic agenda intended to end cash shortages, revive derelict factories, lift wages, expand socia...
Con-Court to hear legal challenge to Diaspora vote 18 January 2018 HARARE - The Constitutional Court will today hear details of the legal challenge to government's decision to bar expatriate Zimbabweans from voting from their foreign bases in the forthcoming key 2018 vote. Chief Justice Luke Malaba will hear that a judicial review application lodged over whet...
Registered voters near 5m 18 January 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) registered 64 670 new voters in the first five days of a mop-up exercise that opened on January 10, bringing the cumulative total of people registered to vote in this year's election to about five million. The mop-up exercise was necessitated by...
Tsvangirai calls vultures to order 18 January 2018 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has counselled his impatient lieutenants who are already looking beyond him that he is still in charge and that his successor will only come through proper party processes. Speaking through his spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai who is expected ho...
Tsvangirai ally raises red flag 7 January 2018 HARARE - An ally of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has warned that the MDC Alliance could suffer a humiliating defeat at this year's polls if its torchbearer does not regain fitness before the harmonised elections due by end of July. Outspoken MDC legislator Eddie Cross told the Daily News this ...
Chamisa declares MDC a government-in-waiting 2 January 2018 HARARE - MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa has declared his party a government-in-waiting in a triumphant New Year message for 2018. The attorney-at-law and Parliamentarian said “2018 is the year of new ideas, new direction, new dynamism and renewed hope for total change, real change and absol...
Where is the opposition? 2 January 2018 HARARE - Zimbabweans will be going to the polls in the next six months to elect their National Assembly and council representatives, including their president. To all intents and purposes, Zanu PF looks better prepared for the polls. Last November, the party dethroned its former leader, Rob...
Chiyangwa is panicking - Vanganayi 21 December 2017 HARARE - Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa is desperate and trying to find a scapegoat for failing to deliver on his election promises, according to one of the ex-employees implicated in the latest financial scandal to rock local football. The association is currently embroiled in a nasty showdo...
Community leaders urged to drive BVR 2 December 2017 HARARE – Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) recently held meetings with leaders of community-based organisations in Kadoma and villagers in Zhombe, encouraging them to register as voters as well as mobilise others. ZimRights senior programmes officer, Leo Chamahwinya, addressing vil...
Tsvangirai speaks on post Mugabe era 22 November 2017 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai believes the removal of Robert Mugabe as president must be followed by free and fair elections. He told thousands of people who had gathered at the Africa Unity Square in support of Mugabe's impeachment motion that comprehensive electoral reforms must prec...
High Court defers hearing on aliens vote challenge 21 November 2017 HARARE - The High Court postponed a hearing to tomorrow an application seeking an order compelling the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to register the so-called “aliens” as prospective voters for the 2018 general elections during the on-going biometric voter registration exercise after the el...
Army intervention must end with free, fair polls 20 November 2017 HARARE - Last Wednesday, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) seized power from President Robert Mugabe in an intervention, that was cleverly worded. The takeover was staged initially to target the “criminals” around the 93-year-old but is now demanding the ouster of the autocratic and corrupt Mu...
'Nothing wrong in giving chiefs cars, but...' 14 November 2017 HARARE - Opposition MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa has said there is nothing wrong in giving chiefs cars, arguing the move makes the traditional leaders respectable. His remarks come amid furore over President Robert Mugabe's government's move to buy the chiefs cars, with most complaining t...
Political parties scramble for Christian vote 14 November 2017 HARARE - Political parties are scrambling for the Christian vote ahead of the 2018 elections, amid revelations that at least 80 percent of the country’s eligible voters are church goers. From the ruling Zanu PF party to the opposition, they all have been trying to court Christians ahead of the...
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...