14 May 2013

Zimbabwe: Political Parties Prepare for Zimbabwe Elections

At least 28 political parties will contest Zimbabwe's forthcoming general elections amid concerns that the split votes will give President Robert Mugabe an advantage.

Mugabe who turned 89 in February is seeking another term in office in the polls set to be held sometime this year.

In the past weeks, representatives of the political groupings have been holding meetings with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), a body that administers elections to prepare for the polls.

The meetings have been focusing on resolving political disputes.

Political analysts say the new parties are not a threat to the two leading parties, Zanu PF led by Mugabe and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Apart from main parties Zanu-PF, MDC-T and MDC others include Mavambo Kusile Dawn, Zanu Ndonga, Zimbabwe African People's Union, Free Zim Congress and the African National Party.

Mugabe has refused to announce his retirement, saying he will only step down when the ordinary Zimbabweans are empowered economically.

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