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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Zec fuels Chamisa, Mwonzora fight

THE fight to wrest the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance party name and symbols by the MDC-T with the intention to use them in the forthcoming elections will be determined by which faction will file its nomination papers first under the MDC Alliance banner, a Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) official has said. This comes in the wake of reports that the MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora is plotting to use the MDC Alliance name in by-elections and 2023 elections in a bid to confuse voters. Zec director of elections and training…

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ED Completed 5 Out Of 238 Projects From 2018 Manifesto Campaign – Report

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has managed to fulfill only five projects from the 238 initiatives he pledged in his manifesto that he would implement after winning the 2018 presidential election. Mnangagwa narrowly won the election against MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa. During his election campaign, the President travelled across the country initiating various projects that committed he to implement once winning the election. He even called himself then; “Mr. Groundbreaking”. However, according to Sivio Institute, only five of the promised projects have been completed. There are close two years left to…

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