Articles tagged 'polls'

AU cites poll flaws 3 August 2013 HARARE - The African Union yesterday reserved its verdict on the bitterly disputed Zimbabwe's elections amid mounting allegations of vote-rigging. The head of the AU's 70-member observer mission, Olusegun Obasanjo, said yesterday that the poll was held in a largely peaceful environment but qui...
Bring Zim to a standstill — Bennett 2 August 2013 HARARE - A veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader called on Thursday for a campaign to bring the country to a halt, after a disputed election that has seen President Robert Mugabe's allies claim victory. “There needs to be resistance against this theft and the people of Zimbabwe need to speak ou...
Election a farce - Tsvangirai 1 August 2013 HARARE - Below is Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's statement on the July 31 election. This election has been a huge farce. Its credibility has been marred by administrative and legal violations which affect the legitimacy of its outcome. There are two critical issues: 1. The election d...
I'll serve full term if re-elected: Mugabe 1 August 2013 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has said he will serve his full five-year term if re-elected to power. “Don't you want me to serve my whole term, what am I elected for?” Mugabe asked after casting his ballot in Highfield. “Why should I offer myself as a candidate if it is to cheat the people ...
Chombo order ignites demo 30 July 2013 HARARE - Mbare residents besieged the Rowan Martin office last weekend demanding that the Harare City Council implement a ministerial directive to write-off water bills. Hundreds besieged the offices demanding to know when their bills will be slashed after noting that they have not yet been wr...
Misguided doctrines costly 29 July 2013 HARARE - Zanu PF s greatest blunder in its campaign is its continued obsession of believing the people s choice in 2008 was a terrible mistake that can only be rectified if they are re-elected back in power. It is through this political blunder and contempt of the electorate that if the party doe...
Tsvangirai's wife appeals for mothers' vote 28 July 2013 HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's wife Elizabeth yesterday appealed to all mothers in Chegutu to vote out President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party. In an address to MDC supporters at Pfupajena Stadium, she said Zimbabweans have suffered long enough and that should push them to v...
Zec printing duplicate ballot papers: Biti 28 July 2013 HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC has accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) of attempting to steal the July 31 vote in favour of President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF. MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti said the Rita Makarau-led Zec was “deliberately engaging in errors of co...
Zec secures $100m poll funding 26 July 2013 HARARE - Zimbabwe has secured close to $100 million for the harmonised elections to be held next week on Wednesday, Finance minister Tendai Biti said yesterday. “I am pleased to say that we have, as of today (Thursday) disbursed $96 million in support of voter registration, voter education and...
Promises and lies 26 July 2013 HARARE - As July 31 approaches, politicians vying for political office have been promising potential voters heaven on earth. Local Government, Rural and Urban Development minister Ignatius Chombo says government has scrapped residents' water bills and is urging Zesa Holdings and the Zimbabwe N...
Zec should stamp its authority 21 July 2013 HARARE - As the July 31 make or break harmonised elections beckon, Zimbabweans have been taken aback as President Robert Mugabe resorts once again to unorthodox means to ensure that his Zanu PF party wins the election at all costs. While the 89-year-old former guerrilla leader has not resorted...
Mudede faces fresh hurdle 21 July 2013 HARARE - Human rights lawyers have delivered a formal notification and warning for Tobaiwa Tonneth Mudede, the Registrar General of Voters to withdraw his urgent chamber application barring the Research and Advocacy Unit (Rau) from launching an audit of the voters' roll. Mudede on Wednesday ob...
Guilty ones afraid 19 July 2013 HARARE - The guilty are always afraid. On Wednesday, a High Court judge interdicted the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) from launching and publicising a critique of the voters' roll. The interdict came after Tobaiwa Mudede, the Registrar-General of Voters filed an urgent chamber applicatio...
Let's join forces — Makoni 9 July 2013 HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai s MDC, Simba Makoni s Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD), and Zanu Ndonga have officially formed a coalition they hope will unseat Zanu PF. The coalition on Monday appealed to Welshman Ncube and Dumiso Dabengwa to join the anti-President Robert Mugabe grand allian...
Soldiers, cops to vote on Sunday 9 July 2013 HARARE - Soldiers and police officers — who in 2008 voted under the watchful eye of their commanders — will on Sunday and Monday exercise their democratic right to vote freely after electoral authorities removed polling stations from barracks and police stations. Rita Makarau, Zimbabwe Elector...
PM forges alliance with MKD, Zanu Ndonga 8 July 2013 HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC, Mavambo Kusile Dawn (MKD), and Zanu Ndonga have officially formed a coalition to topple Zanu PF in the upcoming watershed election. However, the tripartite coalition said they had 22 more days to recruit other parties which are in support of bri...
Zec appeals for funding 1 July 2013 THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has appealed to government to urgently bankroll the impending elections. Rita Makarau, Zec s chairperson, told Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in a closed door meeting today that they had already devised the general work-plan for the watershed elections, b...
Makoni backs Tsvangirai 28 June 2013 OPPOSITION leader Simba Makoni has withdrawn from the presidential race, throwing his weight behind a grand coalition seeking to end President Robert Mugabe's 33-year rule. The coalition will be led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. The former Finance minister, who now leads Mavambo/Kusi...
'I am waiting to hear from Tsvangirai' 27 June 2013 MDC founding member Grace Kwinjeh stands among the most loyal and dedicated members of the party, which has just concluded its primary elections in which some of the bigwigs have fallen by the wayside while others were protected from facing possible defeat at the hands of structures miffed by poo...
June 27: Lest we forget 27 June 2013 TODAY is exactly five years after Zimbabwe had perhaps its bloodiest election since independence in 1980.
Mugabe victim of poor legal advice 25 June 2013 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally when he sought to proclaim the election date and the nomination date on June 12, 2013. He also acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally when he sought to amend the Electoral Law by decree on the same day. The new Constitution...
Mugabe buckles under pressure 19 June 2013 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has succumbed to regional pressure as Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa yesterday filed a Constitutional Court application for the extension of election dates to August 14. The development not only follows the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) s direc...
Elections: Tsvangirai's statement to the press 15 June 2013 HARARE - Today Thursday, 13th June 2013, early in the morning, I received a letter from President Mugabe dated 13 June 2013, in which he advised that in purported compliance with the Constitutional Court judgment, he was proclaiming the 28th of June 2013 as the sitting of the nomination court and...
Zim plunges into crisis 15 June 2013 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday controversially raced to enact changes to electoral laws, invoking presidential powers to sidestep Parliament ostensibly in a move to meet a Constitutional Court deadline to go for polls by July 31. In my capacity as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe...
Mugabe committing political suicide 15 June 2013 HARARE - Yesterday, we woke up to disturbing news that President Robert Mugabe used the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Act to proclaim dates for elections insisting that polls will be held on July 31, well before all necessary reforms are implemented. Mugabe is simply committing politic...