14 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Friday 14 December 2012 - Issue 489

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Prime Minister Tsvangirai has met with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission officials where issues to do with the commission's preparedness for the referendum and elections were discussed.

Some of the resolutions from the meeting included financing for the commission's activities, delimitation and the voters' roll. The meeting resolved that delimitation and the use of the voters' roll during the referendum be scrapped to ensure that every documented Zimbabwean participates in the important national process.

Deputy Justice Minister Hon. Obert Gutu said that Government would source for funds for the referendum and elections. "Only a quarter of the money needed will be out-sourced but the rest is going to be provided by the government," Hon. Gutu told journalists.

Among the preparations needed for the two processes is the buying of indelible ink, which is used to lessen double voting which Hon Gutu said needs $900 000. The ink manufacturers need two months to produce it.

President Morgan Tsvangirai has declared that MDC is ready to govern. He said this while addressing Provincial delegates in Manicaland today at Queens Hall in Mutare at a Provincial council, the 11th of which the President has been addressing nationwide.

"MDC is ready and so am I. I am ready to take power. After we win the elections, we should defend our victory but we need stability," he said to great applause from people.

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