Articles tagged 'national electoral reform agenda'

Churches demand electoral reforms 6 June 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's forthcoming election does not offer opposition parties a level playing field amid a host of problems marring a vote that could define the future of the country, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has said. ZCC, representing 26 different denominations, said in a statemen...
Group assesses Nera demo's damages 2 October 2017 HARARE - Citizens Against Violence and Anarchy Trust (Cavaat) has approached the High Court seeking the appointment of a commissioner to determine the damages caused by last year's demonstration organised by the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera). This comes after Cavaat early this year w...
Anti-Grace demo in limbo 11 September 2017 HARARE - A planned demonstration by opposition political parties against South Africa's decision to grant First Lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity after she reportedly assaulted a 20-year-old model is in limbo after the police told the group to first seek clearance from the South African Embas...
Chombo slammed over Grace threats 5 September 2017 HARARE - Opposition parties and protest movements under the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) have castigated Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo for threatening to arrest those criticising the First Family. This comes after Chombo said police must arraign everyone criticising the firs...
Opposition petitions SA over Grace immunity 1 September 2017 HARARE - Opposition parties have stepped up their campaign against Grace Mugabe by joining South African groups when they petitioned President Jacob Zuma's government to withdraw diplomatic immunity granted to the first lady which allowed her to avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-y...
MDC wants to rig elections: Zanu PF 13 July 2017 HARARE - Attempts by Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC to have voter registration centres for Harare and Bulawayo deliberately increased to favour their political party are unacceptable under the Constitution and is an attempt to rig the elections, a Zanu PF legislator has said. This comes after MDC dir...
'Mooted electronic voter register is illegal' 25 June 2017 HARARE - Attempts by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to introduce an electronic register of voters is illegal, analysts have said, with Zec urged to drop the plans even after acquiring the technology, raising fresh fears of election fraud. Presidential and parliamentary elections in 20...
Voters' roll concerns escalate 24 May 2017 HARARE - The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC says it is preparing for the worst-case scenario, amid concerns the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is delaying implementing the biometric voter registration (BVR) process. This comes as civil society organisations have expressed worry over the possib...
Nera, Code unite 23 May 2017 HARARE - A grand coalition of opposition parties expected to challenge President Robert Mugabe in the 2018 elections has received a major boost after the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) and Coalition of Democrats (Code) joined forces. The two political groupings are now going under the...
We will smash Zanu PF: MDC 22 May 2017 HARARE - Firebrand MDC secretary for mobilisation, Job Sikhala, has promised President Robert Mugabe and his warring ruling Zanu PF an even bigger hiding in next year's watershed polls than the shellacking they received in the hotly-disputed 2008 elections. Sikhala's warning comes as oppositio...
2018 hinges on youth vote: MDC 22 May 2017 HARARE - The MDC has embarked on aggressive campaign to woo Zimbabwe’s seemingly disinterested youths to register and vote in next year’s national elections which opposition parties plan to contest as a coalition. This comes as the country is gearing for the watershed polls with the Zimbabwe E...
MDC fingers Zec in BVR 'chicanery' 17 May 2017 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC says it has gathered “overwhelming information” that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) wants to disenfranchise voters in their urban strongholds by increasing voter registration points in rural areas. This comes as Zec is going ahead ful...
Nera to toyi-toyi over BVR security 1 May 2017 HARARE - A fresh row has erupted over the contentious matter of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits — with opposition parties now planning protests to force the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to guarantee the security of data gathered during voter registration exercises. This comes as...
Zec sets tough terms for BVR trial observers 21 April 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) yesterday laid out strict conditions for those accredited to observe the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits site validation tests. Briefing the media in Harare, the Commission's chairperson Rita Makarau said the observers — political partie...
'Nera demo crowd appalling' 7 April 2017 HARARE - The smaller than expected crowd that turned up at National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera)'s Wednesday rally indicates the alliance will face difficulties in acting as a bloc in 2018's elections, political observers said yesterday. They said the fact that a handful of people attended t...
Nera threatens to defy demo ban 6 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean opposition parties and street protest movements yesterday vowed to demonstrate in Harare's Central Business District (CBD) despite a police ban. Yesterday's meeting of a coalition of opposition parties — collectively known as the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) — in...
UNDP speaks out on BVR saga 30 March 2017 HARARE - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has vehemently refuted claims that it is working in cahoots with opposition parties to effect regime change in Zimbabwe, insisting it does not interfere with political affairs of other countries. This comes amid accusations that the Unit...
Crisis as police bans big demo 22 March 2017 HARARE - Panicking authorities went back on their word yesterday, effectively banning the opposition's planned mega demonstration in Harare today, which was set to be led by MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai. After security chiefs — who met the organisers of the protest march on Monday — had app...
Zec, opposition in bitter fallout 22 March 2017 HARARE - The strained relationship between the country's distrustful opposition and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) sank to an all-time low yesterday when the parties called for the immediate resignation of its chairperson, Rita Makarau, as well as the disbandment of the elections managem...
Tension rises as 2018 looms 19 March 2017 HARARE - Security commanders have summoned opposition parties to a meeting in Harare tomorrow, ahead of Wednesday's planned mega demonstrations — amid fears by panicking authorities that the spirit of resistance which swept across the country last year is once again gathering steam ahead of next ...
Opposition plots massive protests 3 March 2017 HARARE - Angry opposition parties coalescing under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) will hold mass protests on March 22, to force the government to abandon its plans to hijack the procurement of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits for next year's make-or-break nationa...
'Zim must introduce compulsory voting' 2 March 2017 HARARE - A youth pressure group has called on Parliament to amend the Electoral Act to introduce compulsory voting ahead of the 2018 elections. According to Youth Advocacy for Voter Enlightenment and Progressive Orientation (Yavepo), the number of people who voted in 2013 elections was so low ...
Govt hasn't hijacked BVR kits procurement: Mnangagwa 23 February 2017 HARARE - The procurement of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits for the 2018 elections remains under the control of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with government only funding the process, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa told Parliament yesterday. Responding to a question d...
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 ...
Nera must face class action over demo: Court 26 January 2017 HARARE - The National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) must face a class-action lawsuit for the alleged looting and destruction of property during a protest for electoral reforms, a Harare judge has ruled. In a decision yesterday, High Court judge Owen Tagu ruled that the Zanu PF-aligned peace a...