Mugabe's vote timetable 'not feasible'

2012-09-27 14:44

Harare - Zimbabwe's main opposition the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Thursday said President Robert Mugabe's planned timetable for a constitutional referendum and elections was not realistic.

In a High Court filing seen on Thursday, Mugabe proposed a referendum for the first week of November and presidential and legislative polls for March next year.

"The dates being proposed are clearly not feasible," MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said.

"The date for the election, especially, is unilateral, unrealistic and has no scientific or legal basis."

Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party has objected to many aspects of the long-delayed draft constitution that was only finished in July and would rein in presidential powers.

Mwonzora added his party was more concerned about conditions under which the vote takes place rather than the date. "For us to meet those dates, Zanu-PF has to change drastically."

"We want elections to be held in conditions which allow the secrecy of the vote and the security of both the vote and the voter," said Mwonzora.

Opposition MDC party members were on the receiving end of the violence that characterised the 2008 elections.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-09-27 15:50

    Old man in a hurry

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-27 16:07

    Africas penchant for selfdestruction.

      wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-09-28 01:07

      sadly, you are right and our penchant for selfdestruction is born out of ingorance. We never seem to learn from our own past mistakes much less those of others and hence the tragic situation we have in Zimbabwe of first electing a tyrant, Mugabe, and then an incompetent Tsvangirai. How stupid is that!

  • richard.wynne.332 - 2012-09-27 18:22

    Malema for president!!! so he can rule us like his hero Mugabe. Just think, with nationalisation and land redistribution we can be like Zimbabwe in 3 years...

      wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-09-28 01:09

      Sadly, SA is hell bend going down that path. Zuma is, at best, a few IQ better than Malema and certainly just as corrupt!

  • wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-09-28 00:37


  • wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-09-28 00:54

    MDC has had four years to ensure all the necessary reforms for free and fair elections are implemented. Not even one reform has seen the light of day. Mugabe was out witted Tsvangirai at every turn. It is completely pointless moving elections dates because MDC will get anything past Mugabe; they are simply too incompetentto do any such thing. Zimbabweans have to accept that in MDC they have one of the most incompetent political parties; cut their loses and start afresh the search how they will ever end this repressive Zanu PF dictatorship!

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