Articles tagged 'elections'

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...
Zim elections: Sadc's unfinished business 22 August 2017 HARARE - With South Africa taking over the leadership of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and Zimbabwe heading for yet another landmark election likely to be highly-contested and equally disputed, it is only logical to remind both Sadc and South Africa on the unfinished business ...
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...
'Jail did not strip their voting rights' 20 August 2017 HARARE - Since the attainment of independence, Zimbabwean prisoners — who have the same rights to decide on their next leader as every other Zimbabwean citizen — have never been accorded the right to vote. But according to the Constitution of Zimbabwe, all citizens of Zimbabwe who are aged 18 ...
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...
Zec rejects jailed MDC officials' vote bid 11 August 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) will not allow three jailed MDC officials to vote in next year’s elections because they would have spent 12 consecutive months outside their constituencies by the time the polls are held. In an opposing affidavit to the bid by Yvonne Musarurwa, ...
Keep Zanu PF below super majority in 2018 polls 6 August 2017 HARARE - The more power President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF gets, the more power it abuses. The more power it abuses, the more corrupt it becomes. That is why analysts are saying Zimbabweans must keep Zanu PF below a two-thirds majority in elections expected in the third quarter of next year. An...
Ex-minister warns Mugabe over generals 5 August 2017 MUTARE - A former Cabinet minister has warned President Robert Mugabe that his threats to retire the military chiefs he accuses of meddling in Zanu PF politics betrays a man who has lost control of this powerful constituency. Former Home Affairs co-minister Giles Mutsekwa, a former army major,...
MDC youths in rural campaign 3 August 2017 HARARE - Youths in Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC have taken their door-to-door voter registration campaign to rural areas as they move to invade Zanu PF strongholds urging people to register to vote ahead of next year's election. Last weekend, MDC youths were in Mberengwa and also visited Chikomba i...
Vendors to help voter registration drive 27 July 2017 HARARE - Supported by hundreds of vendors, the non-partisan National Vendors Union Zimbabwe (Navuz) plans to register multitudes of new voters via street teams to be deployed countrywide ahead of next year’s crunch elections. The organisation announced its plans yesterday, building on its succ...
Zec urged to procure BVR database 27 July 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) — the largest independent observer group in the country — has called upon the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to expedite the procurement of the software for the central database or central Automated Finger Identification System (AFIS) for...
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...
Parly petitioned over UN-supervised 2018 vote 22 July 2017 HARARE - A Harare man — Ignatius Masamba — has petitioned the Parliament Assembly seeking to compel Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa to move a motion calling for a referendum to allow the United Nations (UN) to monitor the 2018 elections. This comes after the Constitutional Court (Con-Court...
MDC takes electoral reforms demo to Gweru 22 July 2017 HARARE - The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC youths are set to stage a demo in Gweru today against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)'s failure to implement electoral reforms. This comes after the youths last week held a successful demonstration in the Harare CBD, though it ended up in violent ...
Election budget under scrutiny 22 July 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)’s $274 million mammoth budget for next year’s elections continues to raise eyebrows, with the opposition and diplomats yesterday saying it is too hefty and has to be justified. They argued that the budget is way too high compared to other Africa...
'Aliens' to vote in 2018: Zec 21 July 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has said persons who, before the promulgation of the 2013 Constitution were issued with identity documents describing them as ''aliens'', must forthwith proceed to the offices of the Registrar General to have their citizenship regularised and confi...
Zapu wants 2018 elections postponed 21 July 2017 BULAWAYO - Zapu president Dumiso Dabengwa has called for the postponement of the 2018 elections claiming the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) was not yet ready to conduct a credible poll. Dabengwa told a news conference here yesterday that the opposition must not be rushed into an election ...
Zim to start voter registration in October 20 July 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe will start registering voters for general elections in October, officials have said, in the first concrete step ahead of a crucial vote expected to take place next year. Voter registration will start from October and end in March 2018, officials from the Zimbabwe Electoral Co...
BVR not the panacea to Zim's electoral challenges 18 July 2017 HARARE - With the 2018 elections fast approaching, this week the Daily News speaks to Rindai Chipfunde-Vava, the Director of Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) on a number of issues around this crucial vote, its preparation and short comings thus far. Zesn was formed in 2000 and it is a ...
Zanu PF terror groups resurface 17 July 2017 HARARE - Communities in some of the country's major towns are living in fear of ruling party youths who are operating terror gangs that are extorting money from informal and formal traders while harassing residents they perceive as opposed to Zanu PF, which has started campaigning for next year's...