Articles tagged 'polls'

Zim electoral logjam: Possible win-win routes 7 August 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe is on the edge of bedlam owing to a disputed presidential poll. A declared winner of the poll, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is seemingly not in full control of apparatus of the State security. Official, albeit disputed, elections results show that Mnangagwa “won” by a small margin ...
Where is the opposition? 2 January 2018 HARARE - Zimbabweans will be going to the polls in the next six months to elect their National Assembly and council representatives, including their president. To all intents and purposes, Zanu PF looks better prepared for the polls. Last November, the party dethroned its former leader, Rob...
High Court defers hearing on aliens vote challenge 21 November 2017 HARARE - The High Court postponed a hearing to tomorrow an application seeking an order compelling the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to register the so-called “aliens” as prospective voters for the 2018 general elections during the on-going biometric voter registration exercise after the el...
Citizens must take BVR blitz seriously 19 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans should take advantage of the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) campaign blitz so that they register to vote in the 2018 general elections. The BVR blitz, which is being conducted by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights), Election Resource Centre (ERC),...
Loopholes emerge in BVR 1 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has admitted to a loophole in the voter registration process, which allows multiple registration using different national identity documents as the biometric voter registration (BVR) kits are not interconnected. Speaking at a Zec media workshop held...
Zec takes delivery of 2 600 BVR kits 29 September 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) on Wednesday took delivery of the remaining  2 600 biometric voter registration (BVR) kits. The BVR kits were undergoing customs clearance by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority yesterday before being released to the country’s electoral management body. ...
Clean voters' roll key for credible poll results 9 September 2017 HARARE - Since the arrival of multiparty democracy in Zimbabwe, the opposition has consistently alleged that President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF was tinkering with electoral outcomes. One of the most common complaints has been that details of dead voters were used to sway the results. Zan...
Zec must adhere to best principles of voter registration 23 June 2017 EDITOR — The Election Resource Centre (ERC), notes with concern the reintroduction of the proof of residence as a prerequisite for one to register to vote without any other alternative. This happening ahead of the imminent voter registration exercise potentially threatens the principle of incl...
Tsvangirai says Mugabe scared 9 April 2017 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says President Robert Mugabe is rattled by the mooted grand coalition which could end the warring ruling Zanu PF's nearly four decades in power next year, when the country holds its make-or-break national elections. This comes as Tsvangirai has emer...
Anarchy tarnishes Mwenezi mini poll 9 April 2017 HARARE - Chaos marred yesterday’s Mwenezi East by-election where many voters were turned away, including Zanu PF candidate Joosbi Omar — who, tragicomically, was only able to cast his vote at the third attempt after travelling almost 20 kilometres from the original polling station. The build-u...
Govt secures $17m for biometric voter registration kits 16 February 2017 HARARE - Government has now secured $17 million to fund the acquisition of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits for the 2018 elections, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) said yesterday. Government had pledged $17 million while other development partners through the United Nations Deve...
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...
Calls for urgent electoral reforms 7 August 2016 HARARE - Stakeholders must urgently form a coalition to push for electoral reforms as Zimbabwe is less than two years away from holding polls, the Election Resource Centre (ERC) has said. The reforms, ERC executive director Tawanda Chimhini said, will improve the electoral process. He told ...
Civil society, election stakeholders meet 21 July 2016 HARARE - Civil society and other election stakeholders on Tuesday met in Harare at a conference which ran under the theme, ‘‘Building consensus on electoral reform–making, demand must meet supply’’ that sought to provide a platform to build consensus on priorities for electoral reform. The con...
New ZEC commissioners face uphill task 10 July 2016 HARARE - The six Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) commissioners sworn in recently by President Robert Mugabe have been urged to adhere to the principles of election management such as independence, impartiality, integrity, transparency, efficiency, and professionalism and service-mindedness. ...
'Leaders afraid of their own people' 16 May 2016 HARARE - The country's current crop of leadership is thriving on the fact that the people they lead are ill-informed of their rights enshrined in the Constitution, Election Resource Centre (ERC) executive director Tawanda Chimhini has said. Chimhini, whose organisation has been conducting road...
'Biometric voters' roll the way to go' 13 May 2016 HARARE - Plans by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to introduce a biometric voters' roll in the much-anticipated 2018 elections will go a long way in addressing the contentious issues surrounding elections in the country. Speaking on the sidelines of an All Stakeholders meeting held on ...
Zec goes the biometric voters' roll way 11 May 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is hunting for $55 million to ensure that the 2018 elections are held using a biometric voters' roll. Speaking to journalists at the All Stakeholders engagement on voter registration in Harare yesterday, Zec chairperson Rita Makarau said they were p...
Free, fair, credible by-elections possible 6 April 2016 HARARE - If the country entertains any hopes of reasserting itself as a bastion of democracy and good governance ahead of the much-anticipated 2018 general elections, like President Robert Mugabe wants the world to believe, the forthcoming by-elections scheduled for April 23 in Guruve South and M...
Zanu PF set to reclaim Guruve South seat 6 April 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe's governing Zanu PF party is expected to reclaim the parliamentary seat in an easy by-election in Guruve South in Mashonaland Central. The constituency votes on April 23. Zanu PF is fielding Patrick Dutiro, who will square off with the National Constitutional Assembly's Si...
Elections will go ahead: Zifa 16 November 2015 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) insists next month’s board polls will go ahead despite an impending court challenge querying the composition of the Zifa Electoral Committee. Last Friday, journalist Hope Chizuzu, who intended to run in the elections to be held on December 5, w...
'We should have boycotted 2013 polls' 14 September 2015 HARARE - Opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has apologised to Zimbabweans for agreeing to participate in the 2013 elections in the absence of requisite reforms demanded by the party and Sadc before the controversial polls. Against his better judgment, Tsvangirai, who was the prime ministe...
Zanu PF in poll scandal 19 June 2015 HARARE - It appears as if it never rains but pours for President Robert Mugabe’s warring Zanu PF, after it emerged yesterday that the party’s winning candidate in the recent Hurungwe West by-election, Keith Guzah — who has already been sworn in as a Member of Parliament — may have dribbled his wa...
Govt sends poll observers to SA 4 May 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe's Parliament and central government has sent observers to oversee South Africa’s national and provincial elections on May 7, officials confirmed. Parliamentarians and senior government officials constitute the observer mission following an invitation from the government of So...
'Stage more public hearings on Electoral Bill' 29 April 2014 HARARE - Election watchdog, the Election Resource Centre (ERC), has raised concern in the manner Parliament has planned to publicise the newly-drafted Electoral Amendment Bill. The Bill is set to replace the Electoral Amendment Act used to conduct the highly-contested July 31 2013 elections. ...