Mwonzora’s MDC-T Pushes For Indefinite Postponement Of By-elections

The Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T party has started pushing Parliament to ensure that pending by-elections are suspended indefinitely, claiming that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible to hold free and fair elections. It has emerged that MDC-T leaders introduced the proposal to delay the elections in Parliament’s peace and security thematic committee last week following a presentation by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). MDC-T chairperson Morgen Komichi confirmed to The Standard the Parliament process and defended the move, saying the coronavirus has made the playing field uneven and prevailing conditions are advantageous…

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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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MDC-A Activists Arrested While Conducting Voter Registration Exercise

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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Braille Ballot Papers For 2023 Elections – ZEC

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it is in the process of ensuring that there are braille ballot papers for the visually impaired for future elections. In previous elections, the visually impaired would bring a person of their choice or get a ZEC official to assist them to cast their vote, which unfortunately made it impossible for their votes to remain a secret. Speaking to Masvingo Mirror last week on Wednesday on the sidelines of the ZEC media workshop at Chinhoyi University of Technology Hotel, ZEC vice-chairman, Emmanuel Magade said the commission…

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