Is Mahere’s Yellow Manifesto strategy attainable?

By Buhle Tshavango DESPITE receiving an onslaught of criticism since announcing her intentions to stand as an independent candidate for the Mount Pleasant National Assembly seat, Advocate Fadzayi Mahere seems undeterred in her quest as she has proceeded to present a manifesto as part of her campaign strategy. The 21 paged manifesto dubbed,” Mt.Pleasant Constituency Yellow Manifesto “, outlines her campaign strategy and highlights the …

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Is Mahere’s Yellow Manifesto strategy attainable?

By Buhle Tshavango DESPITE receiving an onslaught of criticism since announcing her intentions to stand as an independent candidate for the Mount Pleasant National Assembly seat, Advocate Fadzayi Mahere seems undeterred in her quest as she has proceeded to present a manifesto as part of her campaign strategy. The 21 paged manifesto dubbed,” Mt.Pleasant Constituency Yellow Manifesto “, outlines her campaign strategy and highlights the …

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ZEC wants US$274m for elections

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Justice Rita Makarau has told Parliament that her commission requires about US$274 million to conduct the 2018 elections. Appearing before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Woman and Gender, Justice Makarau told the legislators that her commission is ready to hold elections at any time they are announced and has since submitted a budget to the treasury for …

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ZESN speaks on Chiwundura by-election….queries strange voters roll anomalies

By Nkanyiso Ncube ZIMBABWE Election Support Network (ZESN) has called on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to speed up the biometric voter registration exercise to avoid continued use of the controversial 2013 voters roll in future polls. In its preliminary report for the just ended Chiwundura by-election, the elections watchdog said a lot of strange anomalies were unearthed with regards to the 2013 voters roll currently …

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Why ZEC might use 2013 voters roll

By Daniel Chigundu LEGAL and political commentators are of the view that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is likely to use the hugely controversial 2013 voters roll in the impending 2018 general elections. While ZEC says it is in the process of trying to compile new voters roll as required by the new constitution, the issue of time frames has been questioned by many political …

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Is delimitation necessary for 2018?

By Portia Sigauke LEGISLATIVE watchdog Veritas has said failure by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to conduct a proper delimitation before the 2018 general election is likely to affect the credibility and legitimacy of the electoral outcome. Delimitation is the process of dividing the country into constituencies and wards for the purposes of elections of persons to constituency seats in the National Assembly and of councillors to …

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Opinion: Are Political Factions Really That Bad?

By Open Parly Contributor If you have been in Zimbabwe for a while you would know factions as bad and in Zanu Pf’s case is treasonous but in reality, every democracy will have what pessimists view as factionalism but in reality, it is just a difference of views. A true democracy should welcome and accommodate all views even when majority view determines which path to …

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Zim Diaspora Policy silent on voting rights

By Daniel Chigundu THE Zimbabwe Diaspora Policy which was formulated in July 2016 to help government engage with citizens living outside the country is silent on the topical issue of diaspora vote. It is estimated that about three million Zimbabweans are living in such countries as South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, Botswana, Australia, Canada and New Zealand among others. Zimbabweans in the …

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How did ZEC allocate fewer registration centres in urban areas?

By Buhle Tshavango CIVIC society organisations (CSOs) have questioned the rationale behind the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s (ZEC) decision to allocate only 12 percent of voter registration centres to urban areas. ZEC recently announced that there will be 9633 voter registration centres countrywide and of that number Harare and Bulawayo have been allocated 700 and 400 centres respectively. While Harare and Bulawayo are the only metropolitan …

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Reporting on elections? Here is what you need to know!

By Nkanyiso Ncube THE University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Faculty of Arts Department of English and Media Studies organised a media and elections reporting conference aimed at ensuring journalists carry out their mandate in a responsible and ethical manner. The workshop, which focused on the role of the media in elections in a democratic dispensation, brought together students, academics, representatives of diplomatic missions, government representatives and …

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