Articles tagged 'elections'

Protest threats over voter registration kits 22 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's powerful National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) yesterday threatened to hold a general protest against government’s plans to hijack the acquisition of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits to be used for the 2018 elections. Under pressure from the opposition for reforms ...
'Govt should reveal source of BVR funds' 22 February 2017 HARARE - Government must come out clean on the source of the $17 million it says it has raised for the purchase of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits. President Robert Mugabe’s government is so broke, hence the suspicion from several quarters when it announced that it was going it alone i...
Outrage over UNDP 'ouster' in voter registration kits deal 20 February 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) may be forced to let the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) procure Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits, as calls to let the technical expert handle the process grow louder. Opposition parties and civil society are concerned over ri...
'Zec must independently buy voter registration kits' 18 February 2017 HARARE - The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC yesterday said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) must independently acquire bio-metric voter registration kits (BVR). This comes as the stone-broke President Robert Mugabe government announced this week that it raised $17 million to acquire the kits...
Women seek to change electoral course 13 February 2017 HARARE - As the eagerly-awaited 2018 national elections approach, a civic society group has launched an aggressive campaign to galvanise young women to register and vote — in an exercise that is set to change the way women perceive electoral issues. Senior Assistant Editor Guthrie Munyuki spea...
'Another bhora musango looms in 2018 poll' 30 January 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's deeply divided Zanu PF is likely to face another debilitating crisis, a second “Bhora Musango” in 2018 general elections, analysts have said. Mugabe's Zanu PF is being consumed by deadly factional and succession wars pitting embattled Vice President Emmerson ...
Mthwakazi to challenge Zanu PF in 2018 election 29 January 2017 BULAWAYO - Opposition secessionist party, Mtwhakazi Republic Party (MRP),  will field local government and parliamentary candidates to challenge President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF in the forthcoming key 2018 election. Since its formation three years ago, MRP had declared that it would not take ...
Another acid test for Mujuru 27 January 2017 HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her fledgling Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party face another big political test when they square up against Zanu PF in yet another by-election — this time in Mwenezi East. This comes as Mujuru and ZPF are still smarting from the brutal electoral ...
Poll violence fear grips Zim 17 January 2017 HARARE - Fear of violence hangs over Zimbabwe as the country heads to polls next year. In the election, President Robert Mugabe is likely to face his former deputy Joice Mujuru and his long-time nemesis Morgan Tsvangirai, among several other opposition figures. But in a country with the tra...
'Forget political reforms before 2018' 14 January 2017 HARARE - With only a year and few months left before the 2018 elections, political and social analysts contend that the governing Zanu PF government will not entertain any electoral reforms as this will be tantamount to surrendering power. Election Resource Centre (ERC) director Tawanda Chimhi...
Prepare for elections now 10 January 2017 HARARE - Political activists and opposition political parties should change tack this year and stop spending their energies on trying to push President Robert Mugabe out of office — instead they should start preparing the masses for next year’s crucial elections. There is a lot that they can d...
Fear mounts as campaign year arrives 10 January 2017 HARARE - The possibility of political violence this year is high as political parties start campaigning for what has been described as a do or die election next year. Political and social analysts interviewed by the Daily News said the pattern over the years is that all campaign years have tur...
Mujuru solicits Tsvangirai help 7 January 2017 HARARE - Faced with a tough by-election in Bikita West in two weeks' time, former Vice President Joice Mujuru's Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) is banking on the heavyweight support of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the crucial dress rehearsal for next year's eagerly-anticipated national elec...
Mahofa threatens election violence 7 January 2017 HARARE - Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Shuvai Mahofa has made veiled threats to unleash violence and abductions in Bikita West if the forthcoming by-election in the constituency does not go Zanu PF's way. The threats come as local human rights watchdog, Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT), has ex...
Mugabe will fall, Mujuru predicts 1 January 2017 HARARE - Former vice President Joice Mujuru, who now leads the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), says the country's mooted grand coalition — which is set to be in place this year — will bring to an end President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF's long rule. In her State of the nation address on...
Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats 30 December 2016 LONDON - The Obama administration on Thursday announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the US presidential election, ordering sweeping new sanctions that included the expulsion of 35 Russians. US intelligence services believe Russia ordered cyber-attacks on the Democrati...
Zanu PF steps up NGO surveillance 29 December 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF has launched an invasive mass surveillance of nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and health workers in a move that risks violating their right to privacy and freedom of expression. A Zanu PF central committee report that was presented before ...
Tsvangirai bins 'dodgy' parties 27 December 2016 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has once again indicated that he will not be working with his former top aide, Tendai Biti, and other so-called “briefcase” political parties in a grand opposition alliance ahead of the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections. This comes as MDC ...
Recruiting Mujuru targets chiefs 27 December 2016 HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru (pictured) who now leads the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) has set her sights on recruiting one of Zanu PF’s powerful tools, the chiefs, as part of strengthening her fledgling party ahead of the watershed 2018 national elections. Mujuru, who...
Zec dogged by trust deficit: Makarau 27 December 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is on track to compile a credible voter register ahead of nationwide elections in 2018 despite a credibility crisis dogging the Zimbabwe Election Commission (Zec), the head of the Zec has said. Zimbabwe is hoping thumb print scans and voter cards with electronic bar codes wil...
MDC keen to reclaim Mat South seats 17 December 2016 BULAWAYO - The mainstream MDC has vowed to reclaim all the 13 seats it lost in Matabelelend South. Zanu PF swept all the dozen-plus seats in the 2013 parliamentary elections. With a year-and-a-half to go to the next general election, the Morgan Tsvangirai-led party has vowed to “bring back ...
Mugabe scoffs at electoral reforms 16 December 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has scoffed at anti-government protestors who unprecedentedly took to the streets in recent months while he also mocked calls for electoral reforms. Speaking at Zanu PF's central committee meeting at the party's headquarters in Harare Wednesday, the frail-looki...
Zec moves to acquire biometric voting kits 16 December 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has initiated the process to ensure 2018 elections are held with a clean voters' roll, with the body floating a tender for the procurement of biometric voter registration kits software. The tender process — to be conducted online — will be carried o...
Marine Le Pen: No free school for foreigners 8 December 2016 PARIS - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has called for an end to free education for foreign children. In a speech in Paris, the National Front's candidate in the 2017 presidential race next spring said she had nothing against foreigners. [GoogleAd] "But I tell them: if you come to ...
'Coalition without MDC, ZPF weak' 7 December 2016 HARARE - Any opposition coalition without the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC and Joice Mujuru's ZPF would be weak, less decisive and with no serious expected outcomes, analysts said yesterday. The sentiments come at a time 13 small opposition parties met in South Africa to forge a coalition at a me...