Mujuru complains over her exclusion from the political parties

PEOPLE’S Rainbow Coalition (PRC) presidential candidate, Joice Mujuru, has written to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) complaining over her exclusion from the political parties’ platform, where the upcoming elections are discussed. The three political parties with representation in Parliament – Zanu PF, MDC-T and MDC – have been meeting to iron out a number of issues ahead of this year’s polls. Mujuru said even though she is not in Parliament, PRC were a major political player and deserved to be heard. Her coalition wrote to Zec advising of its existence…

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MDC-T leadership crisis a big blow to voters

MDC-T leader, Nelson Chamisa’s ascendancy to the reign of the opposition MDC-T is a case of daring to dream for most, if not all people affiliated to the party. The death of the party’s founder Morgan Tsvangirai on February 14 this year had seemingly put the final nail on the coffin of the party, but Chamisa’s timely intervention somewhat resuscitated the party’s lost mojo. However, to anyone affiliated to the opposition party, the leadership catfight is a major blow to their chances of prevailing in the much anticipated harmonised elections…

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REVEALED: how Mnangagwa rigging electoral processes

SIGNS of a systematic manipulation of electoral processes ahead of this year’s harmonised elections slated for July are beginning to show, an electoral monitoring body says. In a discussion paper titled: Outposts of electoral vulnerabilities – understanding systematic manipulation, released this week, the Election Resource Centre (ERC) said political parties, civil society and other stakeholders should be vigilant since the country is the pre-election period, which is characterised by key processes including voter registration, recruitment of personnel, and provision of voter information. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is currently implementing…

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NO credible elections NO investments

ALTHOUGH President Emmerson Mnangagwa has travelled to 12 countries since his seizure of power in a bid to engage, seek legitimacy, bring investment and source funds for polls, his efforts will come to naught if he fails to deliver free, fair and credible elections by July this year. Mnangagwa also needs to resolve or at least demonstrate that he has the capacity to tackle the plethora of problems affecting Zimbabweans to gain the trust of troubled citizens. Although Mnangagwa has been making the right noises on the economy to attract…

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Police block Crisis Coalition Demo

CIVIL society organisations under the banner of Crisis Coalition (CiZC) intending to march and petition Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) and Justice ministry were yesterday blocked in Africa Unity Square in Harare by the police and only restricted to petition Parliament. Several organisations and activists had gathered in Africa Unity Square for a march to force the government to implement their desired electoral reforms ahead of this year’s elections. Crisis Coalition chairperson, Rashid Mahiya said although they were happy to have managed to petition Parliament, it was worrying that their intended…

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121 political parties to contest in Zimbabwe’s 2018 election

One hundred and twelve political parties have so far notified the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of their intention to participate in the 2018 polls. ZEC said even though more parties are registering daily they still have to go through a vetting process by the nomination court for them to be allowed to participate. There seems to be a rush by many parties to register to participate in the 2018 harmonised polls as evidenced by the daily increase in numbers of new political parties which are now at 112. ZEC chairperson…

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ZEC appoints Silaingwana as the acting chief elections officer

Utloile Silaigwana

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has appointed Mr Utloile Silaigwana as the acting chief elections officer taking over from Mrs Constance Chigwamba who has since returned to the Public Service Commission. The appointment of Mr Silaigwana is effective from the beginning of this month. In a statement yesterday, Zec chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba confirmed the appointment. “The Zec is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Utloile Silaigwana as the acting chief elections officer with effect from 1st of March 2018. “Mr Silaigwana possesses a wealth of experience in election…

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Command Elections – Former soldier who helped rig 2008 election takes over as acting chief elections officer

Zimbabwe elections

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has appointed former Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Major Utoile Silaigwana as the acting chief elections officer taking over from Mrs Constance Chigwamba. Chigwamba has since returned to the Public Service Commission. The appointment of Mr Silaigwana is effective from the beginning of this month. Silaigwana was a major with the Army Education Corps and a serving soldier when he was first appointed to Zec. In a statement yesterday, ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba confirmed the appointment. “The ZEC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Utoile Silaigwana as the…

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Mutinhiri sets the record straight with the Zec

Ambrose Mutinhiri

  Newly-formed National Patriotic Front (NPF) led by former Marondera West Member of Parliament, Ambrose Mutinhiri has officially approached the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), notifying it of the party’s existence. In a letter addressed to Zec acting chief elections officer, Utloile Silaigwana yesterday, the party, reportedly backed by President Robert Mugabe, notified the electoral body of its formation, while seeking consideration for the commission’s conventions that involve political parties. “This is to notify you that we, the National Patriotic Front are a political party duly established by a constitution adopted…

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Parties defy Zec over serial numbers

CIVIL society groups and opposition party activists in Matabeleland have accused Zanu PF officials of demanding voter registration slips from potential voters, in defiance of a Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) directive. BY SILAS NKALA Habakkuk Trust, in its latest report, revealed that Zanu PF activists at times ordered villagers to produce their biometric voter registration (BVR) slips in order to receive food handouts and government-sourced agricultural inputs. “It’s either the electorate is being duped into believing that their vote can be traced or they can only receive government or party…

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