Zimbabweans in the diaspora 'won't be able to vote'

2018-05-30 16:20
iStock

iStock

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Zimbabwe will hold elections on July 30, according to an announcement by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a government notice.

These will be Zimbabwe's first ever elections since independence from white minority rule in 1980 without the participation of Robert Mugabe, who resigned in November amid pressure from the military, his party and the public.

The elections will be for president as well as for parliamentary and council seats.

Nelson Chamisa, 40, head of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change will be Mnangagwa's main challenger, and there are many smaller parties.

A runoff will be held on September 8 if none of the presidential candidates wins an outright majority, according to Mnangagwa's proclamation.

Mnangagwa, a long-time ally of Mugabe, has pledged a "free, fair and credible" election. He has invited observers from Western countries for the first time since 2002 as part of efforts to re-engage with the international community after decades of isolation and sanctions.

Past elections in the economically troubled southern African country have been characterized by allegations of fraud and military-led violence. Mnangagwa has repeatedly said this year's elections will be different.

So far, opposition parties have been campaigning without the previous threats of violence and arrest.

More than five million of Zimbabwe's 13 million people have registered to vote.

Zimbabweans working and living outside the country will be unable to vote, unless they travel back home for the polls after a court ruling against postal votes. There are millions of Zimbabweans residing outside the country after many people fled economic and political problems that beset this once prosperous country, although there are no official figures of Zimbabweans in the diaspora.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.