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THE Principals have responded to the concerns raised by the civil society on the non-accreditation of ZIMRIGHTS by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), saying that no local organization should be barred from observing the imminent constitutional referendum.


The Secretary to the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Ian Makone wrote a letter which was received by the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) Director McDonald Lewanika on behalf of the Civil Society Heads of Coalitions and Networks dated March 12, 2013. The letter was copied to ZEC Acting Chairperson Mrs Joyce Kazembe.    Read More €¦


NCA Supreme Court appeal dismissed


The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe today, March 13, unanimously dismissed the National Constitutional Assembly's (NCA) appeal seeking an extension of the referendum date by at least 2 months. The NCA reported that In the ruling the Chief Justice Chidyausiku sitting with five other Supreme Court judges indicated that the Bench unanimously agreed that the time set out by the President was adequate.



In a statement released by the NCA, the Constitutional reform advocacy body lamented the judgement passed by the Supreme Court.


"We are utterly dismayed that the Supreme Court dismissed part of our appeal seeking an extension of the referendum date to at least two months €, read the NCA statement.    Read more €¦




WOZA to vote YES


Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) have conducted 600 workshops in the last 2 weeks to familiarise members with the 15 February 2013 Draft Constitution.

The workshops were conducted in Bulawayo, Harare and rural Matabeleland with participation of 16 562 members, 18 percent of those being male members. Time and resources did not permit the programme to be conducted on all 85000 members. Read more €¦.



Highlights of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Referendum Final Observer Briefing of 13 March, 2013

Current ZEC budget: USD$ 26.5 million (although ZEC Acting Chairperson, Commissioner Mrs Joyce Laetitia Kazembe said there was a possibility that they might receive additional funds).



Ballot papers: 12 million ballot papers were printed for the referendum against a voter's roll that currently stands at 5 592 088 but Commissoner Kazembe pointed out:

"Not only persons who are registered can vote in the referendum. Anyone who is

A Zimbabwean citizen aged 18 and above can go to a polling station nearest to them and cast their vote €.


War Vets' Leader Besieges Marange before Referendum


MARANGE - A local non-governmental organisation, Chiadzwa Community Development Trust (CCDT) has reported that War Veterans' leader, Jabulani Sibanda was recently in Marange on a suspected coercion campaign ahead of the referendum and harmonized elections expected in 2013.

The self-styled commandant of former guerilla fighters, who has crisscrossed the countryside over the past two years, is said to have rallied local war veterans and is staging compulsory meetings with villagers, telling them to vote for Zanu-PF in the next elections. Read More...


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