ZEC States Reasons For Postponement Of The Mobile Voter Registration Process

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has issued a statement clarifying the reasons behind the postponement of the Mobile Voter Registration process. The statement is issued after local media reported that the commission apologised for “depriving thousands of prospective first-time voters an opportunity to participate in the upcoming by-elections after it failed to provide adequate and accessible registration centres throughout the country.” In a statement, ZEC said it communicated these reasons with stakeholders on 24 Nov 2021. News Flash presents the statement issued by ZEC’s Acting Chief Elections Officer J. P.…

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Zec biases exposed

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has excluded the opposition MDC Alliance from its provisional consultations in provinces meant to discuss electoral developments at the behest of “powers that be”, a development critics say exposes its lack of independence. The commission is rolling out programmes to discuss, among other issues, the electoral concerns, the legal framework, the electoral cycle, voter registration, delimitation and the polling process in preparation for future elections. It has invited other political parties, including the Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T. News Flash Zim Updates Silent Group Links: https://chat.whatsapp.com/CsyogpadVqO2xHpr3FQwYD An…

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Proclamation Of Election Dates Is Done By The President – ZEC

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has said only President Emmerson Mnangagwa can proclaim dates for elections in the country. The commission makes the remarks at the backdrop of continuous deferment of by-elections meant to fill about 48 parliamentary seats and over 80 council seats left vacant when MDC-T recalled MDC Alliance legislators or councillors. ZEC has been receiving criticism for the deferment of the by-elections. Authorities have been citing the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic as justification for deferring the elections. Zec commissioner Qhubani Moyo Thursday said the electoral management…

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“Ushe Madzoro, We’re Next” – Nelson Chamisa

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa Friday said the opposition will win the 2023 election and attain power contrary to the belief that the ruling ZANU PF will rule forever. Chamisa told NewsDay that the era of leaders who abuse State institutions to illegally stay in power was over, warning President Emmerson Mnangagwa that opposition supporters would defend their vote against rigging. The former ICT Minister was responding to Mnangagwa’s utterances in Mutare on Thursday where he said recent events in Zambia where opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema won against incumbent President…

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What Happened In Zambia Won’t Happen In Zimbabwe – Mnangagwa

President Emmerson on Thursday scoffed at suggestions that the winds of change blowing across southern Africa would affect Zimbabwe and result in his defeat in the much-anticipated 2023 elections. This comes after Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu lost to opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema in the 12 August poll, while Lazarus Chakwera defeated the incumbent Peter Mutharika in Malawi in 2020. Addressing government officials and businesspeople at the official opening of an oxygen production plant in Mutare, Mnangagwa urged opposition leaders entertaining such a dream to “wake up from their slumber”. He…

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Zec under pressure to release 2018-19 financials

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has been put under pressure to avail its 2018 and 2019 books of accounts for audit by Auditor-General Mildred Chiri as stipulated by section 195 of the Constitution. In a statement yesterday, the Election Resource Centre (ERC) demanded that Zec should come clean on how it used its financial resources. It emerged that Zec had failed to avail the books to Chiri, sparking fears that their finances may not be in order. Yesterday, Zec spokesperson Qhubani Moyo referred all questions to chief elections officer Utoile…

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“ZEC Ready To Run By-elections”

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it is ready to run by-elections, but was waiting for a go-ahead from President Emmerson Mnangagwa. ZEC commissioner responsible for media liaison Qhubani Moyo on Sunday told NewsDay that they have kept some electoral activities open and are waiting for the lifting of the suspension on elections imposed by the government because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Said Moyo: There are no developments in that area (holding of by-elections) as we wait for the lifting of the embargo that has been enforced due to the public health…

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‘Zim stares at another disputed poll in 2023’

The country has clocked more than 90 days without filling the vacant seats, which Maanda says has deprived Zimbabweans of representation in Parliament and councils.  Maanda, a prominent lawyer, speaks to NewsDay (ND) senior reporter Moses Matenga about the political environment before the 2023 elections and whether the elections are feasible under the current circumstances. ND: Zimbabwe suspended by-elections in 2020, but countries such as Ethiopia proceeded to hold elections despite the COVID-19. What is ERC’s position on the suspension of poll? TM: The regulations that suspend by-elections are invalid because…

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Zanu PF USA urges diasporans to vote

ZANU PF United States of America district Secretary for Administration Cde Simba Mujuru said there is a need for diasporans to register to vote in their respective constituencies in Zimbabwe dismissing some critics who are saying the Government has failed to implement the diaspora vote. Any Zimbabwean living abroad is required to physically present him or herself at their registered polling station to cast their vote. In an interview, Cde Mujuru said there is a need for the removal of sanctions which he said make the playing field uneven, favouring…

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MDC-A Activists Arrested While Conducting Voter Registration Awareness Campaing

Three MDC Alliance (MDC-A) youths were Friday arrested by police while conducting a door-to-door voter registration campaign in Bulawayo. The three, Calvin Moyo, Phumzile Moyo and Thandiwe Mpofu were arrested in the city’s Pumula suburb. MDC Alliance Bulawayo Provincial Spokesperson Swithern Chirowodza confirmed the arrests to NewZimbabwe.com. He said: I can confirm that some of our youths were arrested today (Friday) while conducting door-to-door voter registration in Pumula. The last time I spoke to them, they were being held at Pumula police station. Chirowodza described the arrests as a form of intimidation…

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