Zimbabwe

Mugabe officially sets referendum date

2013-02-15 18:03
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (Picture: AFP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (Picture: AFP)

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Harare - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has issued an official proclamation setting 16 March as the date for the nation to vote on a new constitution.

A government notice formally published on Friday leaves a calendar month for distribution of the 160-page draft document and campaigning for a 'Yes' or 'No' vote.

Independent advocacy groups say that is not long enough for a free poll to reflect the wishes of electors.

The draft constitution was completed on 6 February after three years of disputes, bickering and delays. Democratic reforms to the constitution were a key demand of regional mediators after violent, disputed elections in 2008.

About 90 000 copies of the draft are being printed for distribution starting on Monday.

Zimbabwe has nearly 6 million registered voters out of a population of 13 million.

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