Zimbabwe’s voter registration exercises kicked off today marking the official countdown to the country’s elections which the Constitutional Court said must be held before the end of next month.
The chair of the Zimbabwe Election Commission Rita Makarau today announced that voter registration and voter inspection will run concurrently and will start on Monday, 10 June.
South Africa’s Minister for International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane today said a new date for the Southern African Development Community special summit to look into Zimbabwe’s preparedness for elections had not been set yet.
Zimbabwe’s major “opposition” parties which had banked on a Southern African Development Community special summit scheduled for this Sunday to present their objections to holding elections before 31 July are now in a fix as the regional body has postponed the summit.
Leaders of the main “opposition” political parties in Zimbabwe- the two factions of the Movement for Democratic Change, Mavambo-Kusile-Dawn, the Zimbabwe African People’s Union and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Ndonga- today met and agreed that it was not practical to hold elections by 31 July as set by the Constitutional Court.
National Constitutional Assembly leader Lovemore Madhuku today said political parties in Zimbabwe should abide by the Constitutional Court ruling and hold the elections before 31 July.