Will Zimbabwe Hold Election Without a New Constitution

Analysts have suggested the possibility of holding elections under the current constitution if the deadlock persists.

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President Robert Mugabe

  • Zimbabwe:  Civic Groups and MDC Dismiss Mugabe Call for March Elections

    SW Radio Africa, 5 November 2012

    The three political parties in the Government of National Unity (GNU) are headed for a deadlock over the date for the next harmonised elections, following more statements by Robert ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zimbabwe in Transition Focusing On Elections and the Constitution - Durban, South Africa (press release)

    Movement for Democratic Change, 5 November 2012

    The current political arrangement in Zimbabwe is a product of the SADC brokered negotiations themselves spurred by the political turmoil that followed Mugabe's electoral defeat in ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Mugabe's Peace Call Falling On Deaf Ears

    Zimbabwe Standard, 4 November 2012

    ESCALATING reports of political violence by Zanu PF youth militia against supporters of the two MDC formations in the past few days fly in the face of President Robert Mugabe's ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Mugabe Says Zimbabwe Elections to Go Ahead in March

    The New Times, 4 November 2012

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday said elections would go ahead in March next year even if the proposed new Constitution was rejected in the impending referendum. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  'Zanu-PF Election Rant a Pipedream'

    Zimbabwe Standard, 4 November 2012

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday said elections will be held next March with or without a new constitution .But this immediately drew the ire of his political foes, who accused ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  President Sets Poll Tone

    The Herald, 31 October 2012

    ZIMBABWEANS should work together despite their political differences for the benefit of current and future generations, President Mugabe has said. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Biti Turns to Donors to Fund Referendum and Elections

    SW Radio Africa, 26 October 2012

    The inclusive government is being forced to rely on foreign donors to fund the referendum on a new constitution and elections next year because of the deepening financial crisis ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Biti Under Fire Over Foreign Funding

    The Herald, 27 October 2012

    Finance Minister Tendai Biti has come under fire for proposing to borrow money from Western countries and other world bodies to finance the constitutional referendum and harmonised ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Chihuri Should Address Core of Political Violence (editorial)

    Zimbabwe Standard, 23 October 2012

    Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri sounded forthright in condemning electoral violence last week when de-briefing a contingent of police officers on their way to United ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zanu-PF Steps Up Poll Campaigns

    Zimbabwe Independent, 19 October 2012

    ZANU PF is stepping up efforts for massive campaigns ahead of do-or-die elections next year which might mark the end of President Robert Mugabe's 33 years in power. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Fears of Flawed Polls Grow

    SW Radio Africa, 23 October 2012

    There are growing fears that Zimbabwe is heading towards another flawed election process, with analysts warning there are no signs of real reforms before ZANU PF's chosen poll ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Key Acts Not 'Newly' Assigned to Mugabe's Office

    SW Radio Africa, 23 October 2012

    Key parliamentary acts that have been reported as being 'clandestinely' reassigned to the Office of the President recently, were reassigned more than two years ago. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zimbabwe Heading for Flawed Transition (analysis)

    Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, 22 October 2012

    While all eyes in Zimbabwe are focussed on the last few steps of the constitution-drafting process and particularly the 2nd All Stakeholders constitutional conference in Harare, ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Mugabe Tightens Grip on Power

    Zimbabwe Standard, 21 October 2012

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has tightened his grip on power ahead of the watershed election next year by assigning some crucial Acts directly under the purview of his office. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  By-Elections - Govt's Poor Financial State Swayed Judge's Decision

    The Herald, 22 October 2012

    JUDGE President George Chiweshe has said that he allowed President Mugabe to hold by-elections in vacant seats in March next year after satisfying himself that Government did not ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  PM Tsvangirai Makes U-Turn on Electoral Commission

    The Herald, 19 October 2012

    PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says Government has put in place mechanisms that will ensure that next year's harmonised elections are peaceful and credible. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zanu PF Leaders Allegedly Dishing Out Land for Votes and Profit

    SW Radio Africa, 19 October 2012

    Residents of Chinamano Cooperative, whose homes were demolished last weekend by a government owned firm, have accused ZANU PF leaders of giving out private land under the guise of ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  People Living Abroad Will Not Vote - ZEC

    Zimbabwe Standard, 19 October 2012

    THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has said people living in the Diaspora would not be allowed to vote in the next elections because of logistical and financial reasons. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  MDCs Defy Mugabe's Elections Ultimatum

    Zimbabwe Standard, 14 October 2012

    THE two MDC formations have vowed to resist fresh attempts by President Robert Mugabe to call for early elections before the full implementation of agreed political and electoral ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  'Polls - No One Forced to Contest'

    The Herald, 13 October 2012

    ELECTIONS will go ahead next year and parties that do not want to contest will not be forced, President Mugabe has said. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Political Parties Differ On Elections

    The Herald, 12 October 2012

    SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma's facilitation team yesterday met Zanu-PF and MDC-T officials who presented conflicting reports on the political situation here. read more »

InFocus

  • Zimbabwe:  Poll Preps - ZEC Invites Aspiring Voter Educators

    The Herald, 5 October 2012

    THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has invited civic groups intending to conduct voter education to register with it by October 9, as churches threw their weight behind an agreement ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Critics Slam Mugabe's 'Unrealistic' Election Date

    SW Radio Africa, 1 October 2012

    There has been ongoing criticism of Robert Mugabe's intentions to hold elections in March 2013, with civil society groups warning this date is 'unrealistic' and 'impossible'. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Reforms First Before Elections (editorial)

    Zimbabwe Standard, 1 October 2012

    Assertions by President Robert Mugabe that elections should be held in March next year has received mixed reactions, with gullible smaller political formations welcoming the move ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Security Sector Reform Key to Peaceful Elections

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 1 October 2012

    An attack on a political rally by uniformed soldiers is stoking fears of a reprise of state-sponsored violence against NGOs, human rights activists and parties opposed to President ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  'Elections Impossible By March Next Year' (analysis)

    Zimbabwe Standard, 30 September 2012

    LAST week President Robert Mugabe hinted at the possibility of holding a referendum and harmonised elections -- set for November this year and March next year respectively. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Military Dominance Sparks Fears of Polls Violence (analysis)

    African Arguments, 29 September 2012

    Questions are being asked whether Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is bent on stirring the country back to the political chaos of 2008 as his party Zanu PF stalls the ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Zanu-PF Electioneering Strategy in Full Swing (opinion)

    Zimbabwe Independent, 28 September 2012

    WITH President Robert Mugabe hinting in a High Court application concerning by-elections that he wants elections held in March next year, Zanu PF is rapidly swinging into full ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  President Mugabe Wants General Elections in March

    Cameroon Tribune, 27 September 2012

    Zimbabwe's President, Robert Mugabe wants to hold general elections in March 2013 with the referendum on a new constitution this November, the BBC cited court papers as revealing. ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Elections Set for March Next Year

    The Herald, 27 September 2012

    HARMONISED elections will be held in the last week of March next year and the proclamation of the actual dates will be done in due course, President Mugabe has said. read more »