Zanu-PF insists on Zim polls this year

2011-07-14 14:26

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's party has renewed its calls for new elections this year, rejecting a timeline that his own negotiators hammered out last week, a state daily reported on Thursday.

"The politburo is unanimous that elections should be held this year," The Herald newspaper quoted Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo as saying after the party's top decision-making body met in the capital.

Negotiators from Mugabe's party and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change agreed on July 06 on a timeline for election preparations which would put the polls in 2012.

But the politburo said negotiators in the power-sharing government should revise the timeline to ensure elections are held this year, Gumbo said.

"Some of the timelines in the roadmap are unacceptable. Days that have been assigned to deal with some of these issues are too long. For example, you cannot say preparation of the voters' roll should take 60 days," he said.

"By the end of the year we should have elections if they expedite the constitution-making process, particularly the drafting and referendum stages."

The parties have agreed that new electoral laws should be completed within 45 days from the July 06 signing of the roadmap.

Voter education should take place within the following 30 days, and preparation of a new voters roll within two months. No decision was made on the date for a referendum on a new constitution.

Under Zimbabwe's unity accord, signed after violent and inconclusive presidential elections in 2008, a new constitution must be approved by referendum before new general elections.

The constitutional drafting process is running a year behind schedule. Drafters have set September as the target for a referendum, but repeated delays have cast doubt on the date.

  • JGHG - 2011-07-14 14:41

    Why is this not a surprise!! Maybe they should just close the country down and leave, will be less damaging to Southern Africa.

  • spacecowboy - 2011-07-14 14:52


  • No8 - 2011-07-14 14:55

    If they don't want to have elections this year, arrest them Bob!

  • theratlady - 2011-07-14 15:08

    All the thousands of zimbabweans that are now in South africa should go back and vote for the MD and fight for their freedom. Magabe has one foot in the grave and this is probably why they want ( the army generals and their cronies that control him) the elections ASAP.

  • R.Suppards - 2011-07-14 15:09

    Under Zimbabwe's unity accord, signed after violent and inconclusive presidential elections in 2008, a new constitution must be approved by referendum before new general elections. The constitutional drafting process is running a year behind schedule. Drafters have set September as the target for a referendum, but repeated delays have cast doubt on the date. It is against Mugabe's nature to honour ANY agreement with the opposition parties.

      W Mukori - 2011-07-15 19:58

      The 2008 presidential run-off were not "inconclusive"; Mugabe used so much violence against the electorate everyone condemned the whole process. Tsvangirai was forced withdraw and Mugabe won the one-horse race. The international community refused to recognise him as legitimate putting him on the hook. It was only because Tsvangirai signed the GPA and thus getting Mugabe off the hook. And for what?

  • Anton - 2011-07-14 15:17

    The best way forward at this stage; Don't go to the trouble of holding elections, They will be rigged in any case Tell Mugabe he won the elections, and than hope and pray, he drops dead sooner than later.

  • Cecil - 2011-07-14 15:20

    How long will it take this time before the concocted results> "Sigebengu"

  • Gorilla - 2011-07-14 15:49

    What a joke. Newsflash Mr Mugabe. No-one takes you or your country seriously while you are in charge. You have murdered and ruined the lives of thousands. Get out of Zimbabwe.

  • Ross - 2011-07-14 16:06

    Don't anybody DARE touch that loaded voters roll you will make uncle bob very very cross.

  • Wow! - 2011-07-14 18:17

    Let these Mugabe bastards know that they lost the election AND if it was not for that idiot Thabo Mbeki and his ANC cronies they would no longer have any say at all.

      W Mukori - 2011-07-15 20:07

      President Mbeki played his role but still Tsvangirai did not have to go along with it.

  • W Mukori - 2011-07-15 16:22

    Egyptians deposed their dictator Mubarak in February this year and in a few months time the country is set to hold its democratic elections. In Zimbabwe the GNU’s principle task was to write a new constitution, hold a referendum and then have fresh elections and that was nearly three years ago and they have not yet drafted the constitution. Not anyone has an confidence the proposed constitution will be worth much; Zanu PF have used their bully tactics to hijack the whole process. From the on set it was clear the nation could not trust Mugabe to delivery free and fair elections. The GPA gave the tyrant all the dictatorial powers, it was naïve to even think he would not use these powers. Mugabe signed the GPA so that he would get off the hook after the international community refused to recognise him as the legitimately elected following the sham June 2008 presidential run-off. In the last three years the dictator has reorganised his party secured the funds (from diamond sells) to pay his terror machine and now he is ready for fresh elections. Tsvangirai’s principal task was to ensure the next elections are free and fair and he has achieved nothing. Signing the GPA was a stupid thing to do, why did he do it? Even if elections were moved to next year, Mugabe will see to it that there are no meaningful reforms to make them free and fair. Who care when elections are held what we want is that they are free and fair.

  • Michael - 2011-07-16 11:24

    The voters roll is in shambles and Mugabe is banking on that to win election

      W Mukori - 2011-07-16 12:01

      Michael, does it take three years to sort out the voters' roll and all the other reforms required for free and fair elections? No it does not! Even if the elections were delayed by eight or twelve months to next year; what is there to make one believe the reforms would finally be carried out? None! Whoever was responsible for making sure that democratic reforms were carried out dropped the ball. And the finger of blame points at MDC. Tsvangirai and his MDC friends were stupid to sign the GPA and having signed it they blundered further by doing nothing to push for reforms. Giving them another year will not change the fundamental fact that reform is being spear headed by blundering idiots! This is the elephant in the room that must be acknowledged first and only then will we have hope of finding the way out of this mess!

  • Michael - 2011-07-16 11:27

    Once the voter's roll is properly fixed, all ghost voters will be removed. Mugabe knows if this happens he will not be able to win. I also have concerns on why the MDC did not insist on a date for the constitution vote. They run the risk of holding elections under old constitution. ZANU PF is crafty, they should know that by now

      W Mukori - 2011-07-17 12:47

      I agree Michael, Mugabe knows he will not win free elections; we all know that and have all along. The question therefore is who was responsible for making sure the next elections are free? Surely not Mugabe, indeed the tyrant was bound to do everything in his power to ensure that there is no free press, political violence continues, etc. And that is exactly what has happened. It is Tsvangirai who should have pushed for democratic reforms. Sadly he has done nothing! It took most Zimbabweans twenty years to realise Mugabe for the tyrant he is. Straight after independence in 1980 Mugabe stated undermining the country’s democratic institutions to create a de facto one-party state. He did not hesitate to terrorise and even murdered thousands to achieve his goal. It took former US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Chris Dell two meeting at most with Tsvangirai to conclude he was a “flawed and indecisive leader”. It was his flawed logic that made him sign a flawed power sharing agreement with Mugabe giving the tyrant all the power. His failure this time to push for democratic change is just one of his many other failures. Zimbabweans still refuse to see him for what he is. I hope it will not take them another twenty years to finally do so!

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