Articles tagged 'nera'

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...
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...
Tsvangirai, Biti in tricky talks 13 July 2017 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is engaged in tricky discussions with People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tendai Biti as they seek to find common ground and lay the foundation for the formation of a coalition to confront Zanu PF at the forthcoming polls, the Daily News can report. Tsv...
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...
Mujuru pulling a fast one on Tsvangirai 28 June 2017 HARARE - In spite of inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai last month, signalling their intention to forge a grand coalition ahead of next year's polls, National People's Party (NPP) leader Joice Mujuru is pursuing a parallel initiative whereupon ...
'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...
Zec, opposition parties meet 20 May 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) and opposition parties who have been haggling over electoral reforms are meeting in the Inyanga resort town in a bid to find common ground over unresolved electoral issues. This comes as the opposition says it has gathered “overwhelming informat...
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...
'Disband Zec for failing to run by-elections smoothly' 18 April 2017 HARARE - National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) has demanded that President Robert Mugabe disbands the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) after it failed to censure his ruling Zanu PF over electoral violations in recent by-elections. The lobby group's head of legal affairs, Douglas Mwonzora,...
'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...
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...
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...
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...