Articles tagged 'polls'

Fresh trouble for Mugabe 11 June 2013 HARARE - After chalking up an election victory on May 31, President Robert Mugabe faces a fresh headache after a Harare man approached the Constitutional Court to set aside the 10-day-old judgment compelling the Zanu PF leader to hold elections by July 31. Although the identity of the applicant r...
Court ruling: Disservice to democracy 11 June 2013 HARARE - It is clear that President Robert Mugabe now treats Sadc with utmost contempt. He chose to travel to Japan to attend the 5th Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development. And yet he has found some excuse for not attending a crucial Sadc meeting that was scheduled for Maputo last ...
Hold polls under right conditions 9 June 2013 HARARE - Lovemore Madhuku sometimes rushes to make statements that do not do his law background much justice. The mediocrity in Zimbabwean politics seems to be worsening as politicians continue to manufacture problems where none should exist. Why can t these people sit down and agree on something...
Zim headed for sham poll: Experts 2 June 2013 HARARE - A ruling by the Constitutional Court to hold harmonised polls by July 31 is likely to result in Zimbabwe holding a sham poll and infringe on other people s rights, constitutional law experts warned yesterday. The Constitutional Court led by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku on Friday rul...
Court may have done Zim huge favour 2 June 2013 HARARE - Zimbabwe s perennially toxic political climate seemingly took a turn for the worse on Friday when the Constitutional Court ordered President Robert Mugabe to hold the country s much anticipated harmonised elections before the end of next month. The ruling by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyau...
Polls by July 31, Mugabe ordered 1 June 2013 HARARE - The Constitutional Court ruled yesterday that Zimbabwe must go for fresh polls by July 31 and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai immediately blasted the ruling, inflaming tensions over the election timetable. In a five-minute session, Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku said the nine-member ...
Poll nightmare: Zec boss seeks prayers 17 May 2013 HARARE - Zimbabwe s electoral body is sweating over potential trouble ahead of the upcoming general election. Rita Makarau, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson, is now asking church leaders to pray hard as a watershed general election beckons. After helplessly watching a chaotic mobil...
June 29 election impossible: Ncube 6 May 2013 HARARE - Welshman Ncube, leader of the smaller MDC faction has drilled holes into President Robert Mugabe s assertion that elections will be held at the end of June. Addressing the Zanu PF central committee on Saturday, Mugabe said there was no going back on the June 29 elections. But Ncube argue...
Three election dates for Zim? 14 April 2013 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe says Zimbabweans should go for a general election on June 29. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai argues it can only be on September 16. And now, Zimbabwe has a third alternative. The smaller MDC formation led by Industry minister Welshman Ncube says August 26. Nothi...
'Credible poll will normalise Zim/EU relations' 10 April 2013 HARARE - Zimbabwe's upcoming watershed polls will be a defining moment for relations between the country and the European Union (EU), a head of the EU delegation has said. EU ambassador Aldo Dell Ariccia said the successful holding of credible elections will be a crucial step in the strengthening...
Polls in September: Tsvangirai 5 April 2013 HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said elections can only be held in September as President Robert Mugabe insisted on his June 29 poll declaration yesterday. The PM s preferred poll timeline emerged in court papers concerning a court application where Mugabe is seeking to be excused f...
Opportune time for peaceful polls 10 February 2013 HARARE - Zimbabwe's leadership has never had an opportunity as the current one to prove to the world that we can shape our own destiny. The constitutional referendum set for next month gives President Robert Mugabe every reason to be believed in his messages for peaceful elections, that is if he ...
Next polls: Chance for redemption 5 February 2013 HARARE - Zimbabwe has, of late, been the butt of jokes on the social media after Finance minister Tendai Biti claimed the country only has about $217 in the coffers. Whether this is reality or melodramatic exaggeration intended for effect, Zimbabwe finds itself a laughing stock once more after th...
Delay in poll date stalls observer mission 5 February 2013 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is delaying announcing poll dates to forestall the early arrival of foreign observers expected to monitor the forthcoming general election, analysts have said. The octogenarian, facing his greatest challenge in 33 years, has been accused by the international commu...